Veteran coach Brian Anderson has been hired to become the offensive coordinator for the Neshoba Central football team.

 Anderson was approved by the school board last Monday according to athletic director Tommy Holland. He is coming to Neshoba Central after having coached the last few seasons at Warren Central.

 He replaces Wade Pierce, who resigned to become the head football coach and assistant principal at Hamilton High School. Pierce had been on the Rocket coaching staff for seven seasons.

 Anderson is the former head football coach at East Central Community College, Grenada High School and Philadelphia High School. He became the head coach at East Central when he replaced Steve Cheatham in 2009. He had been serving as offensive coordinator on Cheatham’s staff.

 Anderson led Grenada to a 5-6 record in 2007 after successfully guiding Philadelphia to a 27-8 mark from 2004 through the 2006 seasons. His offenses were rated among the best in the state at both schools. He is also former assistant at Meridian, Philadelphia and Neshoba Central high schools. Since leaving ECCC, he has coached at Brandon before going to Warren Central.

 He was the starting center at Mississippi State University on the 1992-95 squads, which participated in three bowl games. Anderson earned All-Southeastern Conference honors his junior and senior campaigns and made the All-SEC Academic Team for three seasons. In addition, he was presented the CommuniGroup Offensive Lineman of the Year award a record three times. He was selected for the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine in 1996.

    Anderson, who is also a former football standout at Prattville, Ala., High School, is married to the former LeaAnn Allen of Philadelphia. They have two sons, Brady and Eli.