UAFS director of athletics Dr. Dustin Smith has announced that Ben Anderson has been named interim head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams for the spring semester.

Anderson has been a volunteer assistant coach with the UAFS tennis program for the past four years and is an adjunct philosophy professor at UAFS. He succeeds former head coach Bob Huckelbury, who resigned in October.

The 1977 Ozark (Ark.) High School graduate was the No. 1-ranked tennis player in Class A as a prep player and went on to play four seasons at Arkansas Tech University, where he played No. 1 singles.

"Ben has been a huge asset during the transition, and we are forever thankful for his willingness to lead our tennis teams this spring," Smith said. "I am excited that Ben will be leading the teams this semester."

Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tech, a master’s degree in divinity from Emory University and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Arkansas.

Anderson is pastor of Woodlands Church in Fort Smith. He and his wife, Laura Beth, have two children, Tyler and Andrew.