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Gary Andersen
Gary Andersen

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
4th Year at USU

Alma Mater:
Utah, 1986

09/09/2013

Aggie Football Hosts Weber State In Annual Homecoming Game Saturday Night

Football Game Notes - 09/09/13

12/15/2012

Post-Game Quotes

Utah State 41, Toledo 15

12/14/2012

Utah State Football Concludes Final Day of Preparation for Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday

USU began the day by holding a walk-thru at the Caven-Williams Indoor Facility on the BSU campus. Following lunch, select Utah State players and staff visited St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, handing out gifts and Aggie memorabilia.

12/14/2012

Utah State's Mike Sanford Named Head Football Coach at Indiana State University

During the 2012 season, Sanford helped coach an Aggie offense that ranked 26th nationally in total offense (460.5 ypg), while ranking 36th in scoring offense (34.4 ppg), and 37th in the nation in both rushing offense (192.5 ypg) and passing offense (268.0 ypg).

12/13/2012

Bill Busch and Kendrick Shaver Named FootballScoop Defensive Back Coaches of the Year

Aggie coaches win the annual FootballScoop award.

05/30/2012

USU Athletics

Utah State Strength & Conditioning Center Ground Breaking Ceremony

04/09/2012

Aggies have first scrimmage of spring

Aggies have first scrimmage of spring, followed by interviews with head coach Gary Andersen, senior CB Terrence Alston, sophomore QB Chuckie Keeton, senior QB Adam Kennedy and senior RB Kerwynn Williams

03/27/2012

Interviews from Tuesday's first practice of USU's spring drills

Interviews following Tuesday's first practice of USU's spring drills, featuring SR LB Bojay Filimoeatu, SR RB Kerwynn Williams and head coach Gary Andersen

11/14/2011

Aggie head coach Gary Andersen, junior WR Matt Austin, senior S Alfred Bowden and senior DE/LB Levi Koskan address the media at the weekly press conference.

Aggie head coach Gary Andersen, junior WR Matt Austin, senior S Alfred Bowden and senior DE/LB Levi Koskan address the media at the weekly press conference.

10/17/2011

Aggie head coach Gary Andersen, sophomore WR Travis Van Leeuwen and senior S Walter McClenton address the media at the weekly press conference.

Aggie head coach Gary Andersen, sophomore WR Travis Van Leeuwen and senior S Walter McClenton address the media at the weekly press conference.

12/15/2012

Utah State Football - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Utah State Football - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State vs. Toledo

11/03/2012

Utah State Football vs. Texas State

Utah State Football vs. Texas State

09/15/2012

Utah State at Wisconsin

The Aggies square-off against Wisconsin

09/07/2012

Utah State Football vs. Utah

Utah State Football vs. Utah

08/30/2012

Utah State Football vs. Southern Utah

Utah State Football vs. Southern Utah

Coach Andersen Quickbits

• Gary Andersen was named Utah State head football coach on Dec. 4, 2008 by USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes.

• Andersen became the 26th head coach in 115 years of Aggie football.

• Only John Ralston and Charlie Weatherbie took Utah State teams to a bowl game in fewer years than Andersen did, as Ralston took the Aggies to the 1960 Sun Bowl and Weatherbie took the 1993 Aggies to the Las Vegas Bowl, both doing so in their second year... Andersen joins John L. Smith who took the 1997 Aggies to this same bowl, then known as the Humanitarian Bowl, as Aggie coaches who led USU to a bowl game in their third season... Ralston also took the 1961 Aggie squad to the Sun Bowl, while the Aggies' stadium namesake, E. Lowell Romney guided USU to the 1946 Raisin Bowl in his 27th season and the 1947 Grape Bowl in his 28th year.

• The Aggies' three-win turnaround from four wins in 2010 to seven wins in 2011 was among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2011 season.

• Overall, Utah State's three-win turnaround is the biggest two-year increase since 1977-78, going from 4-7 in '77 to 7-4 in '78... It is just the 15th win turnaround of at least three wins in the program's history.

• With five WAC wins in 2011, Andersen led USU to its best WAC record at 5-2 in the Aggies' seven years in the league... USU's second-place finish is also the top WAC finish and is the Aggies' highest conference placing since 2000 when they were second in the Big West Conference.

• The five wins are USU's most conference victories since winning five Big West games in 1991.

• USU's three-win WAC turnaround under Andersen from two league wins in 2010 to five conference victories in 2011 is tied for the second-biggest conference win turnaround in the USU's history, behind the record of four win turnaround from 1916 (0-3) to 1917 (4-0), and matching 1945 (1-3) to 1946 (4-1-1).

• Utah State finished Andersen's first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU's most wins since 2002... The Aggies finished 3-5 in WAC action, matching the 2008 season for USU's top conference record in its five seasons in the league.

• Andersen came to Utah State after five seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Utah, where he has helped guide the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008. Utah finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll after winning the BCS Sugar Bowl with a dominating 31-17 victory over Alabama.

• Andersen reached a rare plateau in USU's season-opener on Sept. 3, 2009, when he led the Aggies into action against his former team Utah... Since 1982, only two other head coaches in college football have began the season against their former team from the season before.

• Andersen is the second coach in USU history to open their coaching career against Utah, as Dave Arslanian began his Aggie tenure against the Utes on Sept. 5, 1998.

• Andersen also faced another former team when he and the Aggies made their home debut against Southern Utah on Sept. 26, 2009, with USU winning 53-34... Andersen was head coach at Southern Utah in 2003.

• Andersen became the third-straight Aggie football coach to win his home-opener, in USU's 2009 home-opening 53-34 victory over Southern Utah.

• With four wins in his first season, Andersen is tied for the fourth-most victories in his opening season in school history... Andersen joins John L. Smith in 1995 and Ev Faunce in 1955 as the only three USU head coaches to win four games in their first season at the helm of the Aggie program.

• Andersen is the second Aggie head coach that is a Utah alum, joining USU legendary head coach E. Lowell Romney (1919-48), who graduated from Utah in 1917 and is USU's football stadium namesake.

• While at Utah, Andersen was a part of a Utes coaching staff that posted a 13-5 (.722) record against current WAC schools, going 0-3 vs. Boise State, 2-1 vs. Fresno State, 1-0 vs. Hawai'i, 1-0 vs. San Jose State and 9-1 vs. Utah State.

• At Utah, Andersen was a part of two Ute teams that went 2-0 in BCS action, finishing No. 2 in the 2008 AP Poll and No. 4 in 2004.

• Andersen was a part of seven bowl teams as Utah had an 8-0 bowl record since 1999 during Andersen's tenure there, helping the Utes to the nation's longest bowl winning streak.

• Andersen has coached a total of 25 players on NFL rosters, including USU's Curtis Marsh, who was a third-round draft selection in 2011, along with James Brindley, as well as three draft selections in 2008 in second-round picks Paul Kruger and Sean Smith, along with sixth-round selection Bryce McCain, 21 first-team all-conference players, including three-time first-team all-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner , two-time first-team selection Robert Turbin, and all-WAC cornerback Marsh, along with two Mountain West Conference Defensive Players of the Year in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005 and 2006) along with WAC Offensive Player of the Year in Robert Turbin (2011), as well as a consensus first-team All-American in Weddle in 2006, as well as second-team All-American Morgan Scalley in 2004.

• Andersen is married to the former Stacey Lambert, and they have three children: Keegan and twins Chasen and Hagen. Keegan is a member of his father's USU team as a sophomore tight end. Chasen and Hagen attend Logan HS, where they helped lead the Grizzlies to the 2011 state football title. Andersen's brother, Mark, is USU's director of football operations.

Coach Andersen led Utah State to the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Aggies' first bowl appearance since 1997. Andersen also mentored future NFL players RB Robert Turbin (6) and LB Bobby Wagner (9), in 2011.


About Coach Andersen

Gary Andersen was named Utah State's 26th head coach on Dec. 4, 2008, and since that day Andersen and his staff have worked non-stop to create a culture of accountability and responsibility that would translate into success both on and off the field.

And in 2011, Aggie fans saw that plan pay dividends as USU produced a 7-6 record (5-2 Western Athletic Conference) and participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the school's first bowl game since 1997.

In his first three years at Utah State, Andersen has compiled a 15-22 (.407) record including a 10-13 (.435) WAC mark as those 15 wins are the most by an Aggie coach in his first three years since John L. Smith went 16-18 (.471) from 1995-97. Furthermore, Andersen has coached 10 players who have earned first or second team all-WAC honors and six players who are currently on NFL rosters, including Michael Smith, Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner who were all selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. That trio of Aggies drafted in 2012 is the most selections in one year since five USU players were chosen in 1980. Wagner, who was drafted in the second round (47) by the Seattle Seahawks, becomes the highest drafted Aggie since Rulon Jones was the 42nd overall pick in the second round in 1980 by the Denver Broncos.

Along with playing in its first bowl game in over a decade during the 2011 season, Utah State's seven overall wins and five league victories were its most since 1993, while its second-place conference finish was its best since the 2000 team ended the year second in the Big West. Furthermore, those five league wins in 2011 were tied with five other teams (1953, 1960, 1990, 1991, 1993) for the most in school history, while its seven overall wins are tied for the 10th most all-time at Utah State.

Utah State also won its final five games of the regular season in 2011, which is tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in school history and the longest since the 1993 squad won its final six games of the year. USU's three-win turnaround from four wins in 2010 to seven wins in 2011 was among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the year.

During the 2011 season, Andersen's high-octane spread offense was statistically one of the best in the country as it led the WAC and ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (282.69 ypg). USU also ranked first in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (151.8), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in scoring offense (33.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 20th in the nation in total offense (457.31 ypg), and second in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.38 pg).

In 2011, Utah State also established school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).

Highlighting Utah State's offense in 2011 was junior running back Robert Turbin who ended the season as the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year, USU's first in its six years in the league, and just its second such offensive award in school history. During the season, Turbin ranked first in the WAC and eighth in the nation in scoring (10.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in rushing (116.69 ypg), and sixth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (129.85 ypg). He ended the year setting single-season school records for rushing touchdowns (19), total touchdowns (23) and points scored (138), while his 1,517 rushing yards rank third all-time at USU for a single-season.

Turbin, who was drafted in the fourth round (106) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, ended his Aggie career ranking first in both total touchdowns (51) and points scored (308), while his 3,315 career rushing yards ranks fifth all-time in school history.

Andersen's defense was also formidable during the 2011 season as it ended the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).

Utah State's top defensive player in 2011 was Wagner who earned first-team all-WAC honors after ranking first in the league and eighth nationally with 11.31 tackles per game. Wagner, who is one of just eight players in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection, ended his career with 446 career tackles to rank first all-time in WAC and tied for first all-time in school history.

Along with all of his Utah State accolades, Wagner also received some national exposure after being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl, leading the North to a 23-13 win. Smith was also recognized for his performance in the Players Classic All-Star Game as he was named the North's Offensive MVP.

Other Aggies to earn first-team all-WAC honors under Andersen's tutelage include offensive linemen Philip Gapelu (2011) and Tyler Larsen (2011), while those who have been named to the league's second-team include defensive end Levi Koskan (2011), tight end Tarren Lloyd (2011), defensive back Curtis Marsh (2010) and Turbin (2009).

Under Andersen's leadership in 2010, Utah State gained possession of the historic Beehive Boot trophy (the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah) with a 31-16 win against BYU in front of a national ESPN audience, its first victory against the Cougars since 1993. USU's win against BYU also earned the Aggies possession of the Old Wagon Wheel (the traveling trophy between USU and BYU) for the first time since 1993, and marked only the sixth time ever that Utah State has had both the Beehive Boot and the Old Wagon Wheel in its possession at the same time.

Utah State's top NFL draft pick in 2011 was Marsh who was selected in the third round (90) by the Philadelphia Eagles. As a collegiate senior in 2010, Marsh ranked second in the WAC and sixth in the country in passes defended with 1.25 per game with 13 pass break-ups and two interceptions. Marsh ended his collegiate career playing in the Senior Bowl.

Gary Andersen is entering his fourth season as Utah State head football coach, after being named to the role on on Dec. 4, 2008 by USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes. Andersen is the 26th head coach in 115 years of Aggie football.


In Andersen's first year at Utah State in 2009, he mentored an Aggie offense that amassed a then school-record 5,272 yards of total offense. Quarterback Diondre Borel also set single-season school records for total offense in 2009 with 3,343 yards, along with the school record for fewest interceptions thrown with four.

Along with all of Utah State's success on the field under Andersen, there has been just as much success in the classroom as 66 Aggies have earned academic all-WAC honors, while another 84 have graduated from the University. Furthermore, Utah State had 18 football players earn academic all-WAC honorees this past year to rank first in the conference.

"It's a great opportunity and it's been a longtime goal of mine to be a Division I head football coach. I think every football coach has a niche as to where they want be a head coach and where they belong. I feel that Utah State is a perfect fit for my niche and what I believe in," Andersen said upon his hiring.

"Utah State fits everything from a recruiting standpoint, to the student-athletes that we'll be dealing with on a daily basis as well as from a well-rounded academic viewpoint. At the end of the day, the best way to sum that up is when you're a head football coach, you need to look at what you need to do to be successful," Andersen added. "Without a doubt, Utah State has all the tools needed to recruit quality student-athletes socially, academically and athletically. These tools will allow us to build a successful program and continue the success that Utah State provides not just for football but for life for our players, as well as my staff, my family and myself."

Andersen came to Utah State after five seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Utah, where he helped guide the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008. Utah finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll after winning the BCS Sugar Bowl with a dominating 31-17 victory against Alabama.

In 2008, Andersen was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football. He was also named a Rivals.com top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008 and tabbed as the No. 1 non-BCS recruiter by Rivals.com in 2005.

Overall, Andersen spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Utah after coaching for the Utes from 1997-2002 before becoming the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and then returning to Utah in 2004. During his tenure at Utah, Andersen was a part of seven winning bowl teams, including two BCS Bowls as Utah went 12-0 in 2004 and won the Fiesta Bowl, along with its perfect record and Sugar Bowl win in 2008.

During his tenure at Utah, Andersen coached 14 first-team all-conference players (three in 2008), including two Mountain West Conference Defensive Players of the Year in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005 and 2006), as well as a consensus All-American in Weddle in 2006. Andersen also coached 10 Ute players drafted in the NFL in Richard Seals, John Frank, Lauvale Sape, Sione Pouha, Jonathan Fanene, Eric Weddle, Paul Soliai, Sean Smith, Brice McCain and Paul Kruger, in addition to several other players who made NFL rosters as free agents.

Andersen's coaching career began in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached for one season before going to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1989-92 as the offensive line coach. His other coaching stints include Idaho State (1992-94, defensive line), Park City HS (1994-95, head coach) and Northern Arizona (1995-96, assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams).

A 1986 graduate of Utah, Andersen earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He played center for Utah from 1985-86 after garnering first-team junior college All-American honors in 1984 at Ricks College.

Andersen is married to the former Stacey Lambert, and they have three sons: Keegan (21) and twins Chasen and Hagen (17). Keegan is currently a sophomore tight end on Utah State's football team, while Chasen and Hagen are both seniors at Logan High School. Andersen's brother, Mark, is USU's director of football operations.

Andersen's Coaching File

2009-Present - Utah State
        2009-Present - Head Coach
2004-2008 - Utah
	2005-2008 - Defensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach /
Defensive Line
	2004 - Defensive Line
2003 - Southern Utah
	Head Coach
1997-2002 - Utah
	2002 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line /
Special Teams Coordinator
	2001 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Tackles /
Strong Side Ends / Special Teams Coordinator
	1997-00 - Defensive Tackles / Strong Side Ends
1995-96 - Northern Arizona
	1995-96 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line / Special Teams
1994-95 - Park City HS (Utah)
	Head Coach
1992-94 - Idaho State
	Defensive Line
1989-92 - Ricks College
	Offensive Line
1988 - Southeastern Louisiana
	Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

Bowl Experience 1999 - Las Vegas Bowl - W, 17-16 vs. Fresno State 2001- Las Vegas Bowl - W, 10-6 vs. USC 2004 (2005) - Fiesta Bowl - W, 35-7 vs. Pittsburgh 2005 - Emerald Bowl - W, 38-10 vs. Georgia Tech 2006 - Armed Forces Bowl - W, 25-13 vs. Tulsa 2007 - Poinsettia Bowl - W, 35-32 vs. Navy 2008 - Sugar Bowl - W, 31-17 vs. Alabama 2011 - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - L, 24-23 vs. Ohio

Andersen Tidbits • Andersen was named Utah State's head football coach on Dec. 4, 2008, becoming the 26th head coach in 115 years of Aggie football.

• Andersen has coached a total of 25 players on NFL rosters, including Bobby Wagner (2nd/47th), Robert Turbin (4th/106th) and Michael Smith (7th/212th) who were all selected in the 2012 Draft, while Curtis Marsh (3rd/90th) was drafted in 2011.

• Andersen has coached 18 first-team all-conference players, including three-time first-team all-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner. Other USU notable players coached by Andersen include first-team all-WAC running back Robert Turbin who was also named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, first-team all-WAC offensive lineman Philip Gapelu and first-team all-WAC center Tyler Larsen.

• In 2011, Andersen led Utah State to its first bowl game, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, since the 1997 season. Furthermore, USU's seven overall wins and five league wins in 2011 were its most since 1993, while its second-place conference finish was its best since 2000.

• Utah State's five league wins in 2011 were tied with five other Aggie teams (1953, 1960, 1990, 1991, 1993) for the most in school history.

• Utah State won its final five games of the regular season in 2011, which is tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in school history and the longest since the 1993 squad won its final six games of the year.

• Utah State's three-win turnaround from four wins in 2010 to seven wins in 2011 was among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the year.

• Under Andersen, Utah State has had 66 players earn academic all-WAC honors, including a league-leading 18 during the 2011-12 academic year.

• Under Andersen, Utah State has graduated 84 players, including 26 who graduated during the 2011-12 academic year.

• At Utah, Andersen coach two players who earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors three times in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005, 2006). Weddle was also a consensus first-team All-America in 2006, while Morgan Scalley earned second-team All-American honors in 2004.

• Andersen was a part of two Utah teams that went 2-0 in BCS action, finishing No. 2 in the 2008 AP Poll and No. 4 in 2004.

What Others Are Saying About Coach Andersen

Robert Turbin
Seattle Seahawks, 2011 WAC Offensive Player of the Year

"Coach Andersen has been an amazing coach personally for me during the three years I was with him, but off the field he was just as involved as he was on, with team activities which helped build our camaraderie as a team. He's been a great teacher and has been much involved with my path to the next level."

Bobby Wagner
Seattle Seahawks, 2009, 2010, 2011 First-Team All-WAC

"Coach Andersen is a great coach. He was a big asset to me in helping me through the whole process of getting drafted and everything that goes with it. He helped me have a better understanding of the game and my position. Off the field, he helped me stay focused in school and made me see the importance of graduating."

Koa Misi
Miami Dolphins, 2009 First-Team All-MWC

"When you are looking at colleges, you are also looking at coaches. A good coach is someone that is not only looking out for you as a player but a person too. Coach Andersen was that guy for me. I knew from the first time I met him in the meeting room that he was my guy. He is a coach that will give it to you how it really is and be direct and to the point about it. He is by far the best coach I have had the privilege to play under. He basically taught me most of what I know now. I swear sometimes he would lose his voice yelling at me on the practice field, but I knew it was just to make me a better player and I liked that about him. He is a coach you can go to for anything, one you can count on. To tell you the truth, he was like a second father to me when I was in college and if that doesn't say enough I don't know what will. He is a guy that stuck behind his word when I was getting recruited and I appreciate everything that he did for me. If there was a coach to get the coach of the year award every year he would definitely have my vote. I love that guy!"

Eric Weddle
2006 Consensus All-American; 2005 & 2006 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year

"He's one of the best coaches I've ever been around. He's an intense, passionate coach. He cares not only for the player inside the program but when they're outside the world of football as well. I look up to him immensely and wouldn't have gotten as far as I have without his coaching and his guidance. Utah State made a great hire in making him their head coach. He's a great motivator, he's passionate and he loves coaching kids. I look for bright things from him in making Utah State a winning program."

Stevenson Sylvester
Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008 Second-Team All-MWC

"I feel like I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Coach Andersen. His willingness to take a chance on me when no one else would made my career. He is the ultimate coach. He is very personable and his unparalleled ability to connect with his players is what sets him apart from any other coach. His winning attitude rubs off onto all of his players, and it brings the best out of each and every one of them. Not only did he teach me to better understand the game of football, but he also played a major role in my development as a young man. I am very thankful to have been coached by Coach Andersen, and fortunate to know him at all. I wish him much success in all that he does."

Paul Kruger
Baltimore Ravens, 2008 All-American & First-Team All-MWC

"If it were not for Gary Andersen I don't believe I would be in the position I'm in today, he changed the way I played the game. More than a outstanding coach, he is a great example of how to take care of business on and off the field."

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