Coach Rick Anderson has been coaching at American River College since 1995. Under Coach Anderson, the Beavers cross country teams have won:
- 13 Conference Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- 7 Northern California Championships (1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- 3 State Championships (2005, 2011, 2012)
His teams have won every conference championship since 2003, with the exception of 2005 – when they answered back to win the State Championship. Coach Anderson was also California Community College Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, and 2011 and the Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2011. He was also named the Northern California Community College Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Coach Anderson was a 1982 graduate of Cordova High School, lettering in cross country all three seasons. He was also the Metro League mile and two-mile champion his senior season for the Lancers. Upon graduation, he competed at American River College in Cross Country and Track & Field for one season in each sport before enlisting in the US Navy for six years.
In 1993, he enrolled once again at American River College. After two semesters of only academics, he competed in Track & Field specializing in the Decathlon (8th in Northern California) and 3000 meter steeplechase. During that semester he also received the "Pepsi Scholar Athlete of the Year" award and was voted captain of his track team. During the following Cross Country season he was again voted team captain for the Camino Norte Conference Champion Beavers.
After completion of his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at California State University, Sacramento, he joined the coaching staff as an assistant as well as assisting in coaching the men's and women's track & field teams.
In 1996, Coach Anderson was hired as the Head Coach for the Men's Cross Country team, and in 2001 was hired full-time as the Head Men's Cross Country Coach, Assistant Track & Field Coach, and Physical Education Instructor. He took over the Head Men’s Track & Field position in January of 2002.
He has also served as the California Community College Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association President from 2005-2009.