Dick Anderson (American football, born 1941)

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Dick Anderson
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1941-07-29) July 29, 1941 (age 76)
Queens, New York
Playing career
1960–1962 Penn State
1962–1963 Penn State
Position(s) Tight end, defensive end (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1969 Lafayette (assistant)
1970–1972 Penn (OL)
1973–1983 Penn State (OL)
1984–1989 Rutgers
1990–1992 Penn State (OL)
1993–1998 Penn State (QB)
1999–2011 Penn State (OG/C)
Head coaching record
Overall 28–33–4 (incl. 1 win by forfeit)

Richard E. "Dick" Anderson (born July 29, 1941) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Rutgers University from 1984 to 1989, compiling a record of 28–33–4.[1] His highlight victory during that span was 21–16 win over Penn State in 1988—Rutgers' first win over the Nittany Lions in 70 years.[2] He played college football at Penn State, and served there as an assistant football coach for many years under Joe Paterno.

Playing career[edit]

Anderson, a native of Queens, New York, played tight end and defensive end at Penn State for coach Rip Engle from 1960 to 1962. He played in the 1961 and 1962 Gator Bowls and also captained the Nittany Lions baseball team.[3] Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Penn State in 1963. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 29th round of the 1963 American Football League Draft and by the Cleveland Browns in the 17th round of the NFL Draft, but Anderson opted to remain at Penn State as a graduate assistant while earning his master's degree and playing for the semi-pro Newark Bears on the weekends.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Anderson's first full-time coaching job was as an assistant at Lafayette College under future Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Harry Gamble, whom he then followed to the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He returned to Penn State in 1973 at the invitation of head coach Joe Paterno.[4] In his next 11 seasons as the Nittany Lions' offensive line coach, Anderson established himself as one of college football's best. Five of his players were named All-Americans: John Nessel, Tom Rafferty, Keith Dorney, Bill Dugan, and Sean Farrell; and a steady stream of Nittany Lion linemen went on to the NFL, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Munchak.[3]

In 1984, he accepted the head coaching job at Rutgers where his six-year on-field record was 27–34–4. His best season was 1984, when the Scarlet Knights finished 7–3. Anderson was relieved of his duties at Rutgers in 1990 and returned to Penn State to resume duties as the team's offensive line coach. In 1993 Anderson moved to quarterbacks coach, following Jim Caldwell's departure to accept the head coaching job at Wake Forest.[3] He returned to coaching the offensive line when Jay Paterno became coach of quarterbacks in 1999. Anderson was not retained after the arrival of new coach Bill O'Brien.

Relationship with Jerry Sandusky[edit]

Anderson maintains a close personal relationship with former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. He testified at Sandusky's child sex abuse trial that it was not uncommon for assistant coaches and minors to be in the showers at the same time at the Lasch Football Complex.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1984–1989)
1984 Rutgers 7–3
1985 Rutgers 2–8–1
1986 Rutgers 6–4–1
1987 Rutgers 6–5
1988 Rutgers 5–6
1989 Rutgers 2–7–2
Rutgers: 28–33–4
Total: 28–33–4

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Dick Anderson who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ "Rutgers Football Coaches Records". Rutgers Athletics Communications. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Dick Anderson Profile". Penn State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. 
  3. ^ a b c d Penn State Football Yearbook, 1993. Penn State Department of Sports Information. p. 150. 
  4. ^ Steve Sampsell. "Dick Anderson Interview". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Weiss, Dick (18 June 2012). "Prosecution rests in Jerry Sandusky case, former Penn State coach Dick Anderson testifies it wasn't uncommon for coaches or staff to share shower area with boys". New York Daily News. Retrieved 14 March 2013.