Gary Andersen

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Gary Andersen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Associate Head Coach, Defensive Assistant
Team Utah
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
2015–2017 Oregon State
2018-present Utah (AHC/Defensive Assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 56–61 (.479)
Bowls 1–2
Accomplishments and honors
1 WAC (2012)
1 Big Ten West Division (2014)

Gary Lee Andersen (born February 19, 1964)[1] is an American football coach. He has been the head football coach at Oregon State (2015–2017), 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.


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 previous coach at Oregon State, Mike Riley, who left for the same position at Nebraska.[9] On October 9, 2017, Andersen and Oregon State football parted ways with him forgoing $12 million left on his contract.[10]


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. [11]

Coaching tree[edit]

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

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[a] 17[a] 17[a]
Wisconsin: 19–7 13–3
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)
2017 Oregon State 1–5[b] 0–3 (North)
Oregon State: 7–23 3–18
Total: 56–61
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b c Andersen left Wisconsin before the bowl game and the ranking reflects the team's ranking at the time of Andersen's departure.
  2. ^ 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.


  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.
  4. ^ "Oregon State hires Wisconsin's Gary Andersen". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  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. 
  10. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (October 9, 2017). "Gary Andersen out as football coach at Oregon State". Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Gary Andersen Returns to Ute Football Staff". January 2,2018. Retrieved January 2,2018.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)

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