Head Lacrosse coach at Davis & Elkins College and a 12-year veteran head coach. Prior to D&E he spent five years as head coach at the Virginia Military Institute. During his tenure at VMI, he helped the Keydets record their first victory over a service academy in program history, defeating Air Force in 2014. Under his guidance, the first players in VMI history were drafted into Major League Lacrosse and 36 of his student-athletes entered military service after graduation.
Prior to VMI, Anken was head coach at Lycoming College (Pa.) for four years. After posting a 4-10 record in his first year, his team went 10-6 in 2008, earning him Conference Coach of the Year honors. Following with an 11-5 record and sharing the 2009 conference regular
season title, and an 11-6 mark in 2010, his teams posted the best three-year conference record in program history (23-5). His squads captured two NCAA team statistical champion awards, while two student-athletes earned individual statistical champion awards. Three
of Anken's Lycoming student-athletes entered military service after graduation.
Anken began his head coaching career in 2004 at Mars Hill University (N.C.) and earned Deep South Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2006, he led the team to a 10-5 record and their first national ranking in program history. He also recruited the program's first freshman and conference player of the year and one United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American. Two of his student-athletes entered military service after graduation.
Anken's mentoring has helped develop future lacrosse coaches around the nation and Canada. Nine of his former student-athletes and assistants are currently serving as college head or assistant coaches.
An active member of the NCAA, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA), Anken has served on the DI NCAA Championship & DII/DIII Regional Advisory committees as well as the DI USILA All-American, DII USILA Ranking and All-American, and DIII USILA ranking committees and Chair of the Deep South Conference committee.
The Cheektowaga, N.Y. native, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y. He and his wife Mandy have an 18-month old daughter, Parker.