The Washington County (Md.) Sports Hall of Fame called six names to be enshrined as its 2012 class of inductees.
One of those names was former Charles Town High School (class of 1971) and Shepherd College (class of 1975) athlete Clayton Anders.
Anders has been coaching football at Boonsboro High School for 33 years, the last 27 as the head coach of the usually successful Warriors.
The Hall of Fame selection committee used Anders’ overall record that now has 162 wins and his many (nine) Maryland Class A playoff teams as a barometer to judge his worthiness to be placed in the county’s Hall of Fame.
Since being elevated from his role as an assistant coach in 1985, Anders has taken the Warriors to the small-school state championship game in both 1993 and 1994 — and Boonsboro won the school’s only state football title in 1993.
When the Warriors went 9-1 just last season they easily qualified for the state playoffs. The season finally showed a 10-2 record after a West Region win over Mountain Ridge and later a loss to then-unbeaten Fort Hill in Cumberland.
Boonsboro has taken seven Class A playoff trips since the 2001 season. And Anders’ teams have won seven Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships.
The state of Maryland named him the Class A football Coach of the Year in 1993 and the Hagerstown Morning Herald/Daily Mail newspapers (now the Herald-Mail) have made Anders its Coach of the Year or Co-Coach of the Year some 10 times, including just last year.
After spending his formitive years growing up on Jefferson Avenue in Charles Town, Anders was a fullback when playing for Coach Doug Lutman at Charles Town High. He also participated in track and field at Charles Town — the same as he did at Shepherd, where he was on four of Coach Walter Barr’s football teams. He graduated in 1975.
After six years as an assistant football coach at Boonsboro High, Anders coached his first year as the head man in 1985. He is now second in career wins among the ranks of all-time football coaching figures in Washington County annals.
Anders is the son of Bill and Helen Anders and has lived in Shenandoah Junction with his wife, Dana, for the past 30 years — three years longer than he has been the head football coach at Boonsboro High . . . and only about two of those weeks since being inducted into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.