William C. “Mickey” Anderson, who was a member of USC national championship football and track teams and was on a Trojan world record-setting sprint relay team, died on April 26 in Orange County. He was 93.
Anderson was a four-year quarterback and fullback on the Trojan football team. He played on the 1938 national championship squad that upset previously unbeaten and unscored-upon Duke in the 1939 Rose Bowl. He scored touchdowns against Stanford, Ohio State and Notre Dame in 1938.
He also was a sprinter on three USC track teams (1938-40) that won NCAA titles each year. In 1938 at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, he ran the second leg on a USC 440-yard relay quartet that set a world record (40.5). He placed fourth in the 100-yard dash at the 1939 and 1940 NCAA meet (he was sixth in 1938), and he was third in the 220-yard dash in the 1940 NCAA meet. USC went 13-0 in dual meets during his time. While at USC, he trained for the 1940 Olympics, which were canceled because of World War II.
Anderson came to USC from then-Muir Tech in Pasadena, where he was the California 100-yard dash champion in 1936.
After USC, he served in the U.S. Army for four years before becoming a coach and teacher. As a football coach, he led the junior varsity team at Pasadena City College in 1947. He also was the head coach at Pasadena High in 1948, an assistant coach at Pasadena City College from 1949 to 1953 and then became the head coach at Pasadena City College from 1954-56 before returning to the assistant ranks there for several decades. He also was an assistant at California State University, Los Angeles in the early 1970s. While coaching football, he also coached track at Pasadena City College and Pasadena High before retiring in 1980. He taught at Pasadena City College for 35 years.
Anderson is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sue, sons Mike, Chris, Rich and Peter, four grandchildren and a great grandchild.