February 19, 1964 |
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Alma mater||University of Utah|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Southeastern Louisiana (OC)
Ricks College (OL)
Idaho State (DL)
Park City HS (UT)
Northern Arizona (DL/ST)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 WAC (2012)
Gary Andersen (born February 19, 1964) is the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was hired as the program's 32nd head coach on December 19, 2012 to replace Bret Bielema. He had previously been the head coach at Utah State University (2009–2012) and Southern Utah University (2003). Andersen also served three years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Utah, where he coached the 2008 team that went undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to finish #2 in the nation.
Andersen began his football career playing center at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University–Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho, where he received first-team junior college All-America honors in 1984. 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 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).
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.
Head coaching record
|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 Potato|
|2012||Utah State||11–2||6–0||1st||W Potato||17||16|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013||Wisconsin||9–4||6–2||2nd (Leaders)||L Capital One||21||22|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.|
- "Gary Andersen". Utah Utes. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- Gary Andersen leaves Utah State to become Wisconsin's next coach, Accessed December 19, 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.