Gary Lee Andersen (born February 19, 1964) is an American football coach, currently in his second stint as the head football coach at Utah State University, a position he held from 2009 to 2012 and resumed in 2019. Andersen has also been the head football coach of Southern Utah (2003), Wisconsin (2013–2014), and Oregon State (2015–2017). He served three years as the defensive coordinator at Utah, where he coached the 2008 Utes team that went undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season ranked second in the nation.
|Born||February 19, 1964|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1988||Southeastern Louisiana (AHC/OC)|
|1989–1991||Ricks College (OL)|
|1992–1993||Idaho State (DL)|
|1994||Park City (UT) HS|
|1995–1996||Northern Arizona (AHC/DL/ST)|
|2018||Utah (AHC / defensive assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 WAC (2012)|
1 Big Ten West Division (2014)
Andersen began his football career playing at Cottonwood High School (Murray, Utah) where he lettered in football for two years. After high school, he played center at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University–Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho, for two seasons. As a freshman he was second team All-Conference and Ricks finished the season ranked fourth in the nation. In 1984, he was a First Team All-America selection and team captain as he helped Ricks to a number two ranking in the nation. He transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he lettered two years for the Utes and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Andersen returned to his alma mater in 1997, when he was hired by Ron McBride, his former offensive line coach with the Utes, to be defensive tackles coach. After McBride was fired as Utah's head coach at the end of the 2002 season, he left to be head coach at Southern Utah University. Andersen only spent one season with the Thunderbirds and returned to Utah in 2004 when he hired by Urban Meyer as the defensive line coach. He was the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 2005–2008 and was a 2008 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.
First stint at Utah StateEdit
Andersen was the head coach at Utah State for four seasons, beginning with 4–8 records in 2009 and 2010. His first winning season at Utah State came in 2011 (7–6) and his fourth and final year was the most successful, as the 2012 Aggies won 11 games and lost only two (the two losses were by 2 and 3 points against Wisconsin and BYU, respectively), and finished #16 in the final AP poll.
Andersen was introduced as the new head coach at Wisconsin (which beat Utah State in an early season game in 2012) on December 21, 2012 to replace Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas. After Andersen decided to leave Utah State for the Wisconsin job, he called every one of his players at Utah State individually to inform them personally of his decision. In 2013, Andersen's first win as a Wisconsin coach was a 45–0 win against Massachusetts. Andersen's final 2013 record was 9–4.
The 2014 regular season ended with the Badgers taking 1st place in the West division with a 10–2 record. Wisconsin played Ohio State for the conference title in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game where the Badgers lost to Ohio State 59–0. Andersen left Wisconsin four days later, having taken the vacant head coaching position at Oregon State. Andersen cited family as his rationale for taking the Oregon State position while it was reported by some media outlets, such as Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated, that Andersen was frustrated with the University's high academic standards for athletes. Those reports turned out to be accurate, and were confirmed by Andersen in January 2015.
Andersen had to pay a $3 million buyout for departing within the first two years of his contract, which was set through January 2019.
Andersen was announced as the new head coach of Oregon State on December 10, 2014. Andersen replaced the previous coach at Oregon State, Mike Riley, who left for the same position at Nebraska. On October 9, 2017, Andersen and Oregon State football parted ways with him forgoing $12 million left on his contract.
Return to UtahEdit
On January 2, 2018 it was announced that Andersen will be returning to Utah for a 3rd time as an associate head coach and defensive assistant.
Second stint at Utah StateEdit
On December 9, 2018, Andersen was named head coach at Utah State for the second time, replacing the man who replaced him six years earlier in Matt Wells, who left for the Texas Tech head coaching job.
Assistant coaches under Andersen who became NCAA Division I head coaches:
Head coaching recordEdit
|Southern Utah Thunderbirds (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (2003)|
|Utah State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2009–2012)|
|2011||Utah State||7–6||5–2||T–2nd||L Famous Idaho Potato|
|2012||Utah State||11–2||6–0||1st||W Famous Idaho Potato||17||16|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–2014)|
|2013||Wisconsin||9–4||6–2||2nd (Leaders)||L Capital One||21||22|
|Oregon State Beavers (Pac-12 Conference) (2015–2017)|
|2015||Oregon State||2–10||0–9||6th (North)|
|2016||Oregon State||4–8||3–6||T–4th (North)|
|Utah State Aggies (Mountain West Conference) (2019–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- Andersen left Wisconsin before the bowl game and the ranking reflects the team's ranking at the time of Andersen's departure.
- Andersen was the head coach for the first six games of the season. On October 9, 2017, Cory Hall was named interim head coach after the university and Andersen mutually agreed to part ways.
- "Gary Andersen". Utah Utes. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- Gary Andersen debuts in Madison. ESPN.com. December 21, 2012.
- Ennis, Mark. Gary Andersen called every Utah State player to inform them he was leaving. SBNation. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- "Oregon State hires Wisconsin's Gary Andersen". nbcsports.com. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- BRIAN HAMILTON (Dec 10, 2014) Wisconsin must look at commitment as Andersen moves to Oregon State Sports Illustrated Accessed: Dec 11, 2014
- Jesse Temple, Dec 11, 2014 Temple: Academic admissions an issue at Wisconsin, but Andersen should have known better Fox Sports Wisconsin, accessed Dec 11, 2014
- Wisconsin's admission standards pushed Gary Andersen to Oregon St. by Dennis Dodd on January 21, 2015 CBS Sports, accessed January 22, 2015
- Jeff Potrykus, December 11, 2014, Did Oregon State opening distract Gary Andersen in Big Ten title game? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Accessed Dec 12, 2014
- "Wisconsin's Gary Andersen hired as next Oregon State Beavers head coach". Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
- Bonagura, Kyle (October 9, 2017). "Gary Andersen out as football coach at Oregon State". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- "Gary Andersen Returns to Ute Football Staff". January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- Andersen will return as USU's head football coach