Gary Andersen

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Gary Andersen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oregon State
Conference Pac-12
Record 6–18
Annual salary $2.1 Million
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-19) February 19, 1964 (age 53)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Alma mater Utah
Playing career
1984 Ricks College
1985–1986 Utah
Position(s) Center
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)
1997–2000 Utah (DT/SDE)
2001–2002 Utah (AHC/DT/ST)
2003 Southern Utah
2004 Utah (DL)
2005–2008 Utah (AHC/DC/DL)
2009–2012 Utah State
2013–2014 Wisconsin
2015–present Oregon State
Head coaching record
Overall 55–56 (.495)
Bowls 1–2
Accomplishments and honors
1 WAC (2012)
1 Big Ten West Division (2014)

Gary Lee Andersen (born February 19, 1964)[1] is the head football coach at Oregon State University. He was the head football coach at Wisconsin (2013–2014), Utah State (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. He left the Badgers to coach for Oregon State in December 2014.


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.

Coaching career[edit]


Andersen served as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the University of Utah in 2005–2008. He was a 2008 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.

Utah State[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5][6] Those reports turned out to be accurate, and were confirmed by Andersen in January 2015.[7]

Andersen had to pay a $3 million buyout for departing within the first two years of his contract, which was set through January 2019.[8]

Oregon State[edit]

Andersen was announced as the new head coach of Oregon State on December 10, 2014. Andersen replaced the winningest coach in Oregon State history, Mike Riley, who left for the same position at Nebraska.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (2003)
2003 Southern Utah 4–7
Southern Utah: 4–7
Utah State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2009–2012)
2009 Utah State 4–8 3–5 T–5th
2010 Utah State 4–8 2–6 7th
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
Utah State: 26–24 16–13
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–2014)
2013 Wisconsin 9–4 6–2 2nd (Leaders) L Capital One 21 22
2014 Wisconsin 10–3 7–1 1st (West) Outback 17 17
Wisconsin: 19–7 13–3 Did not coach bowl game
Oregon State Beavers (Pac-12 Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Oregon State 2–10 0–9 6th (North)
2016 Oregon State 4–8 3–6 T–4th (North)
2017 Oregon State 0–0 0–0 (North)
Oregon State: 6–18 3–15
Total: 55–56
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Andersen left for Oregon State before the bowl game and the ranking reflects the team's ranking at the time of Andersen's departure.

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Andersen who became NCAA Division I head coaches:


  1. ^ "Gary Andersen". Utah Utes. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gary Andersen debuts in Madison. December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Ennis, Mark. Gary Andersen called every Utah State player to inform them he was leaving. SBNation. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
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  5. ^ BRIAN HAMILTON (Dec 10, 2014) Wisconsin must look at commitment as Andersen moves to Oregon State Sports Illustrated Accessed: Dec 11, 2014
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Wisconsin's admission standards pushed Gary Andersen to Oregon St. by Dennis Dodd on January 21, 2015 CBS Sports, accessed January 22, 2015
  8. ^ Jeff Potrykus, December 11, 2014, Did Oregon State opening distract Gary Andersen in Big Ten title game? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Accessed Dec 12, 2014
  9. ^ "Wisconsin's Gary Andersen hired as next Oregon State Beavers head coach". Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 

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