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  Gary Andersen
Gary Andersen

Player Profile
Position:
Asst Head Coach/Def. Coord./Def. Line

Experience:
5th/11th Year

Alma Mater:
Utah (1986)

Assistant Head Coach Defensive Coordinator/DL
5th/11th year

Coaching Experience
2004- Utah

2005
Defensive Coordinator
Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line
2004
Defensive Line
2003 - Southern Utah
Head Coach
1997-2002 - Utah
2002
Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line
Special Teams Coord.
2001
Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Tackles
Strong Side Ends
Special Teams Coord.
1997-00
Defensive Tackles
Strong Side Ends
1995-96 - Northern Arizona
Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line/Special Teams
1994-95 - Park City HS (Utah)
Head Coach
1992-94 - Idaho State
Defensive Line
1989-92 - Ricks College
Offensive Line
1988 - Southeastern Louisiana
Assistant Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator

Bowl Experience
1999 - Las Vegas Bowl
2001- Las Vegas Bowl
2004 (2005)- Fiesta Bowl
2005- Emerald Bowl
2006- Armed Forces Bowl
2007- Poinsettia Bowl

With 10 years as a Utah assistant coach, Gary Andersen ranks second only to head coach Kyle Whittingham in longevity and rank. He has served two stints at the U. - interrupted by a year as the head coach at Southern Utah. Since 2005, Andersen has operated as Utah's assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. In 2004, he was the defensive line coach for Utah's 12-0, Fiesta Bowl champion team. His first tour of duty as a Ute assistant ran from 1997-2002.

As the defensive coordinator, Andersen has led Utah to a top-three league finish in scoring defense every year, including a No. 1 league ranking (No. 5 in the nation) last fall. Utah led the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2007 and was also the MWC leader in pass defense (No. 11 in the nation) and opponent third down conversion (No. 5 in the nation). For the past two years, his defense has led the conference in turnover margin - ranking No. 13 in the nation last year and No. 22 in 2006.

Andersen, who has been hired or retained by three different head coaches at Utah (Ron McBride, Urban Meyer and Whittingham), first joined the U. staff in 1997 and spent five years coaching the defensive tackles and strong side ends. In 2001, he was elevated to assistant head coach and added special teams to his duties. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for the entire defensive line.

Andersen is also considered one of the best recruiters in the nation. He was named as the nation's No. 1 non-BCS recruiter in 2005 by Rivals.com. He was cited as a Rivals.com Top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008.

Andersen, the choice of three different head coaches at Utah (Ron McBride, Urban Meyer and Whittingham), first joined the U. staff in 1997 and spent five years coaching the defensive tackles and strong side ends. In 2001, he was elevated to assistant head coach and added special teams to his duties. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for the entire defensive line.

He left for the head coaching job at Southern Utah, where his 4-7 record in 2003 bettered the win total of the three previous years combined. He turned a program that had finished 102nd in the nation in the final 2002 I-AA Gridiron Power Index (used to determine playoff selection), into the No. 36-ranked team in his only year.

Utah's rise into the Top 25 lured Andersen back to his alma mater and he played an important role in Utah's record-setting 2004 team.

While at Utah, Andersen has coached 11 first-team all-conference players, two Mountain West Conference defensive players of the year (John Frank in 1999 and Eric Weddle in 2005 and 2006), and a Consensus All-American (Weddle in 2006). Other Andersen-coached first-team all-leaguers are: Jason Kaufusi, Garrett Smith, Pene Talamaivao, Sione Pouha, Steve Fifita, Spencer Toone, Kelly Talavou, Martail Burnett and Steve Tate.

Players drafted by NFL teams after playing for Andersen include Richard Seals, Frank, Lauvale Sape, Pouha, Jonathan Fanene, Weddle and Paul Soliai. He also has seen several former players make NFL rosters as free agents: Andy Bowers, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Josh Savage, Talamaivao, Fifita and Talavou.

Andersen began his college coaching career in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana. His other college experience (see sidebar for years and duties) was at Ricks College, Idaho State and Northern Arizona.

Andersen coached 12 Division I-AA All-Americans (11 during his time with the Big Sky and one at SUU). Among them was 1996 Division I-AA punt return leader Rickey Pearsall.

RECRUITING AREA
Utah

PLAYING CAREER
Played center for Utah from 1985-86 after earning first-team juco All-America honors at Ricks College in 1984.

EDUCATION
Utah, 1986, Bachelor's in political science

PERSONAL DATA
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Birthdate: Feb. 19, 1964
Family: Married to the former Stacey Lambert. Three children: Keegan and twins Chasen and Hagen.

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