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John McPherson


"Coach Mac" has been the Head Coach at Anderson HS since 2015. A Fort Worth native, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He began his coaching career in Longview, TX. Returning to Austin in 1979, he taught and coached at Anderson for one year before moving to Pearce Middle School in 1980 to coach Football, Basketball & Track for 32 years. Upon retiring, he was recognized as the "winningest" M.S. Football coach in A.I.S.D. history in December 2011. His teams posted 11 undefeated seasons along with 11 one-loss seasons. In 2014, he came out of his retirement to coach Golf at LBJ/LASA and was then recruited to coach Golf at Anderson HS. In May 2022, he was recognized by A.I.S.D. and by Anderson HS as the male "Coach of the Year." In July 2022, Coach Mac was named "5A/6A Coach of the Year" by The Texas Girls Golf Coaches Association.


Under Coach Mac's direction, the Trojans have placed in:

  • UIL District in '17, '18, '19, '21, '22

  • UIL Regional in '17, '18, '19, '21, & '22

  • U.I.L. State 2021

    • Boys 5th 

    • Girls 5th

    • STATE Individual Silver: Trevor Mierl

  • U.I.L. State 2022

    • Boys - 5A STATE CHAMPS

    • Girls  - 5A STATE CHAMPS

    • STATE Individual Champion: Farah O'Keefe & Keaton Vo


He is married to the former Carole Crawford, LASA HS Lead Counselor, and has two children; daughter Amy, a Texas Tech graduate, and son Grady, a Texas A&M graduate. His hobbies include traveling, golf, watching football, trivia, music (he was in a band-The Jr Beatles), being an Austin Tour Guide, and spending time with family & friends.

Melissa Willamson


"Coach Melissa" has been an Assistant Golf Coach at Anderson HS since 2016. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 1995 with a B.S. in Political Science. And currently, she is attending Concordia University for an MEd in Educational Leadership. She started her teaching career in 2007 at St. Theresa's Catholic School and moved to A.I.S.D. Murchison Middle School in 2016. In 2021 she was assigned to Anderson High School


Coach Melissa also sponsors the Murchison Golf Club, which started in 2017. She was recognized by A.I.S.D. and featured on K.X.A.N. for establishing and hosting the first-ever A.I.S.D. Middle School Golf Tournament in 2018. U.I.L. does not recognize M.S. Golf; therefore, she spearheaded M.S. Golf Clubs within the district and annually host tournament events for students across the district to build comradery and build skills. District Middle School Clubs have expanded to Goryzski MS and O'Henry MS.  

She is married to Doyle and has two children, both attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Her hobbies include family, genealogy, philanthropy, and live music.

Dan Pittsford

Assistant Coach

"Coach Pitt" has been an Assistant Golf Coach at Anderson HS since 2011. He was born and reared in Austin, TX. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Kinesiology-Sport Management. While at UT, he worked with the University of Texas Men's Basketball team for two years as a student assistant. He earned his MEd. in Sports Management from Concordia University in 2017.  


Coach Pitt has been the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Anderson High School since 2014.

He is married to Samantha, and they have two children, Ryn and Ray. His hobbies include spending time with family and playing golf. 

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