Legendary Leaders: Endre B. Anderson

Endre B. Anderson

Endre B. Anderson spent the better part of a decade overseeing athletics at his alma mater, St. Olaf College, from 1919-27. While he coached three sports (baseball, men’s basketball, and the school’s first football squad) and presided over 20 championship teams, Anderson is perhaps best known for his role in creating one of the most iconic rivalry trophies in all of college athletics. As legend has it, Anderson - then a student at St. Olaf - fashioned a makeshift goat out of a chair and hung it from the rafters of the St. Olaf gymnasium in 1914, trying to "get the goat" of the rival Carleton players. Carleton ended up winning that contest and claimed the Goat as a symbol of the victory. The two schools have traded "The Goat" ever since.

In addition to his contributions in Northfield, Minn., Anderson was also a key figure in the formation and growth of the MIAC as a whole. At the very first official meeting of the conference in March of 1920, Anderson was elected as the league’s secretary-treasurer, a position that evolved to become the primary administrative office for the conference.

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