Anderson returns to Thomasville schools to serve as tech manager

By Barry H. Hendrix
Ryan Anderson is the new “Help Desk” Tech Manager for the Thomasville City Schools District.
“I have always been interested in computers,” he said. “I was that kid that always wanted to take things apart, rearrange them, and put things back together.” 
At a time when many students are receiving instruction virtually due to the pandemic, tech managers are crucial to keeping laptop computers and the overall remote system up-and-running.
Born and raised in Thomasville, Anderson is a 2005 graduate of Thomasville High School. He played basketball and football while at THS, and he serves as an assistant coach for the 2020 football team.
“I had a great relationship with all of my coaches here at Thomasville, but I didn't play sports until later in my high school career,” he said. “Basketball was the first sport I played. Coach Travis Carswell (basketball head coach) had a big impact on me. He introduced me to football. He showed me what it took to be a true student athlete in high school. More importantly, he taught me how to prepare for and what to expect at the next level.”
“…I think Coach (Jack) Hankins (head football coach at THS) has always led by example and set a standard of what integrity looks like,” Anderson said. “He personally motivated me to be the best football player I could be, while simultaneously molding me into a better man at a young age.” 
Anderson was named to the All-Southwestern region team in his senior year of high school. He was also named Defensive Back of the Year and Leadership Award winner as a senior by THS coaches. As a member of the THS basketball team, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP as a sophomore.
He received a football scholarship from Samford University in Birmingham.
“I’m am so excited for Ryan to be back,” said coach Hankins. “He is a fantastic human being. He was a terrific football player while he was here and went on to Samford to a successful career. He’s one of the most mentally tough people I know, and our kids will benefit from being around him.”  
Anderson earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology, and a minor in Spanish at Samford. “Then I joined the military and attained an associate’s degree from the community college of the Air Force in information systems management,” he said.
Anderson continues to serve as a cyber transport specialist (basically a network analyst) in the USAF reserve.
“My wife Linda Anderson is a first grade teacher here at Thomasville Elementary School,” he said, “and my daughter Emma attends first grade here.” Anderson also keeps in his heart the memory of his late daughter, Meredith Anderson. 
“I have a big close-knit family, which is the reason we moved here for our support system. My family has a long deep history of excellence in Thomasville (and surrounding areas) in sports and throughout the community in other areas.” Those athletic standouts in his family include brother Chris Anderson, cousins Tony Lewis and Keith Carlton, and nephew Tremaine Landrum.
“In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family,” Anderson said. He also enjoys video games, shooting, riding ATV’s, running, and conversing with new people.
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