Bart Andrus

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Bart Andrus
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1958-03-30) March 30, 1958 (age 56)
Logan, Utah
Alma mater University of Montana
Playing career
1976
1977
1979–1980
Los Angeles Valley JC
Canyons JC
Montana
Position(s) Quarterback, punter
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983
1984–1985
1986–1989
1990–1991
1993–1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001–2007
2008
2009
2011
2012
2013
2014
St. Patrick HS (CA)
Brigham Young (GA)
Humboldt State (OC)
Montana State (OC)
Southern Utah (OC)
Rocky Mountain
Tennessee Oilers (OA/QC)
Tennessee Oilers (OA/QB)
Tennessee Titans (QB)
Rhein Fire (OC/QB)
Amsterdam Admirals
Tennessee Titans (OA)
Toronto Argonauts
Omaha Nighthawks (OC)
Omaha Nighthawks
St. Louis Rams (OA)
Feather River College
Head coaching record
Overall 6–4 (college)
40–54 (professional)
Bowls 1–1 (NFLEL)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
World Bowl XIII (2005)
Awards
Big Sky All-Academic (1980)
NAIA Division I Coach of the Year (1996)
NFLEL Coach of the Year (2005)

Bart Andrus (born March 30, 1958) is an American professional football coach and former collegiate player. He has served as head coach for the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFL Europe League (NFLEL) from 2001 to 2007, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2009, and the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL) in 2012, compiling a career record of 40 wins and 54 losses. Andrus also was the head football coach at Rocky Mountain College in 1996, posting a mark of 6–4.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Andrus was born in Logan, Utah and grew up in Sepulveda, California (now called North Hills), a community in the San Fernando Valley of the city of Los Angeles.[1][2] While attending Monroe High School, he played quarterback on the football team, earning first-team All-Mid-Valley League honors his senior year in 1975.[3] Following graduation, Andrus played two years of junior college football. He originally enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College in 1976, before transferring to the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California the next year. In 1978, Andrus moved on to Oregon State University in Corvallis. After not seeing any playing time with the Beavers that year, he transferred to the University of Montana.[4] During his first season in Missoula, he played in a backup role, completing three of 16 passes for 18 yards while also rushing 14 times for 83 yards. As a senior in 1980, Andrus shared starting quarterback duties with future Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg. He completed 69 of 118 attempts for 688 yards and also punted 61 times for an 40.0-yard average. At the conclusion of the season, Andrus was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

One of Andrus' earliest experiences with coaching was when he served for three years as head coach at St. Patrick High School in Vallejo, California. After this, in 1984, he went to work as graduate assistant at Brigham Young University, followed by serving as offensive coordinator at three different schools: Humboldt State (1986–1989), Montana State (1990–1991) and Southern Utah University (1993–1995).

After this Andrus continued his coaching career (which has extended to nearly three decades as of 2012) and advanced to head coaching at the collegiate level when he served as head coach at Rocky Mountain College for one season in 1996. For this he received the 1996 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coach of the Year Award because of his efforts in restructuring a struggling program that had not managed to win a game in four years. With Andrus at the helm, Rocky Mountain ended the season at 6–4 with their offense ranking first in the nation.

Andrus moved on to spend three seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Oilers as an offensive assistant from 1997–1998 and as the quarterbacks coach (tutoring NFL star Steve McNair) in 1999 when the team had been renamed the Tennessee Titans. He was a member of the Titans' coaching staff during Super Bowl XXXIV following the 1999 NFL season.

In the new millennium, Andrus moved his career to Europe, when he took the position as offensive coordinator for the NFL Europe team Rhein Fire, located in Düsseldorf, Germany. Here he won his first World Bowl ring with his new team. The Fire's offense topped the league in total yards gained and total points scored that year with Andrus as offensive coordinator.

One year later, Bart Andrus switched to the NFLE team the Amsterdam Admirals when the position of head coach became available there. During this year Andrus lead the Admirals to a 4–6 season, missing out on clinching a berth in World Bowl IX with a loss in week 10 (the final week). Three years later, in 2004, Andrus guided the Admirals to their first non-losing season since 1998 by establishing a 5–5 record.

Probably due to his own history as quarterback and later on as quarterback coach, Andrus traditionally provided the Admirals with strong offensive teams. This is shown by the fact that the Admirals ranked number one in total offense in 2005, averaging 357.4 yards per game. After posting a 6–4 mark that year and leading his team to victory for the first time in World Bowl XIII against the three-time World Bowl champion Berlin Thunder, he was named NFL Europe Coach of the Year and earned his second World Bowl ring. While guiding the Admirals to a league-best 7–3 regular season record in 2006, Andrus was once again coaching one of NFL Europe's most potent offenses, with his men averaging 332.3 yards per game. However, his team did not manage to deliver him his third World Bowl ring after he lost his starting quarterback.

On January 20, 2006, the Atlanta Falcons interviewed Andrus for their vacancy at quarterback coach but Andrus continued as head coach for the Admirals in 2006. Georgia Tech also interviewed Andrus in 2007 but he decided to stay with the Admirals another season, which was to prove to be the final season of NFL Europe.

On July 27, 2008, the Tennessee Titans again added Bart Andrus to their coaching staff as an offensive assistant coach.

On January 16, 2009, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League announced that Andrus had been hired as head coach. He was the 53rd head coach in the team's 136-year history and this was his first experience in Canadian football.[6][7] In his sole season as the Argonauts head coach, the team finished last in the CFL with a 3–15 record. On December 14, 2009, it was announced that the Toronto Argonauts fired Andrus as head coach.[8]

On January 18, 2011 Andrus was announced as the new offensive coordinator for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, serving under Joe Moglia, former president and CEO of the financial firm holding the team's home field's naming rights, TD Ameritrade. After the 2011 season Moglia and several other members of his staff, but not Andrus, departed the UFL for the collegiate ranks at Coastal Carolina, which named Moglia its new head coach. On August 9, 2012 Andrus was officially announced as the new head coach of the Nighthawks.

2013, the St. Louis Rams added Bart Andrus to their coaching staff as an offensive assistant coach.

On May 7, 2014, Andrus became the new head coach of the Feather River College Golden Eagles.

Personal[edit]

Andrus and his wife Karen have two children, daughter Brooke, and son Travis.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rocky Mountain Battlin' Bears (Frontier Conference) (1996)
1996 Rocky Mountain 6–4
Rocky Mountain: 6–4
Total: 6–4

Professional[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Tied Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
AMS 2001 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)
AMS 2002 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)
AMS 2003 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)
AMS 2004 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)
AMS 2005 6 4 0 .600 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XIII champions
AMS 2006 7 3 0 .700 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl XIV
AMS 2007 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)
AMS total 34 36 0 .486 1 1 .500
TOR 2009 3 15 0 .167 4th (East Division)
OMA 2012 2 2 0 .500 2nd (League)
Total 39 53 0 .424 1 1 .500

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super Bowl coaches". The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake, Utah). January 30, 2000. p. C5. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Schwanke, Bill (September 14, 2009). "Former Griz quarterback Bart Andrus enjoying NFL Europe coaching run". Missoulian.com. Missoula, Montana: Missoulian. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tiger players dominate East". Van Nuys Valley News (Van Nuys, California). July 1, 1976. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (September 26, 1980). "Idaho foe Montana not feeling too Klever". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 27. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (December 12, 1980). "All-academic team lists six Bobcats". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ The Canadian Press (January 16, 2009). "Argos welcome Andrus aboard". Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada). Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Simmons, Steve (January 16, 2009). "Argonauts roll the dice". Toronto Sun (Toronto, Canada). Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Young, Chris (December 14, 2009). "Argos fire head coach after 3–15 season". Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada). Retrieved August 24, 2012.