The news has been in the rumor mill for days, but Sunday, Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell made it official: Gary Andersen is returning to become the Aggies' head football coach.
"Andersen, who was also USU's head coach for four seasons from 2009-12 and named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012, will be the first of 27 coaches in school history to serve in that capacity multiple times," Doug Hoffman Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations said in a news release.
The Aggies will hold a public press conference to reintroduce Andersen on Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Maverik Stadium. The event is open to the public and will be held on the third floor of the West Stadium Center.
“We welcome Gary and Stacey and their family back to the Utah State family,” said Hartwell. “His care-factor for his players, coupled with his recruiting philosophy and plan to win, are keys to the continued success of Aggie football. His knowledge of the state of Utah and our program are unparalleled and we feel those attributes will greatly aid in the continued growth and success of Aggie football.”
Andersen left Utah State in 2012 to be the head coach of The Wisconsin Badgers until he left to coach Oregon State in 2014.
“Stacey and I are thrilled to be back at Utah State University,” said Andersen. “This is a special place and we are excited to meet these young men and play a part in seeing them succeed off and on the field academically, socially and athletically. We are grateful to reconnect with many great friends and supporters in Logan and want to thank John Hartwell and President (Noelle) Cockett for the opportunity. Go Aggies!”
"During his career, Andersen was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award at Utah State in 2012, along with being named the WAC Coach of the Year, and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award (2013) and George Munger Coach of the Year Award (2013, 2014) at Wisconsin," the news release stated. "He was also a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award at Utah in 2008, which is given to the top assistant in college football. As a head coach, he led Utah State to the 2012 WAC Championship and Wisconsin to the 2014 Big Ten Conference West Division title."
“We want to welcome Gary and his family back to Utah State University,” said Cockett. “Gary clearly knows football and the blueprint for success at Utah State. He is dedicated to the success of his student-athletes in the classroom, on the field of play and in life after football. Gary's energy and enthusiasm will benefit the football program, athletics department and University, and as importantly, the Aggie fanbase across Cache Valley and beyond.”
Gary Andersen's resume, as supplied by Utah State is listed below:
GARY ANDERSEN COACHING CAREER
- 2019- Utah State – Head Coach
- 2018 Utah – Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line
- 2015-17 Oregon State – Head Coach
- 2013-14 Wisconsin – Head Coach
- 2009-12 Utah State – Head Coach
- 2005-08 Utah – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
- 2004 Utah – Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
- 2003 Southern Utah – Head Coach
- 2002 Utah – Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line
- 2001 Utah – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles
- 1997-2000 Utah – Assistant Coach/Defensive Tackles
- 1995-96 Northern Arizona – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line/Special Teams
- 1994 Park City (Utah) HS – Head Coach
- 1992-93 Idaho State – Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
- 1989-91 Ricks College – Assistant Coach/Offensive Line
- 1988 Southeastern Louisiana – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
GARY ANDERSEN BOWL GAME CAREER
- Wisconsin (2): 2014 Outback Bowl; 2013 Capital One Bowl.
- Utah State (2): 2011 & 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
- Utah (8): 2018 Holiday Bowl; 2008 Sugar Bowl; 2007 Poinsettia Bowl; 2006 Armed Forces Bowl; 2005 Emerald Bowl; 2004 Fiesta Bowl; and 1999 & 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.
- Conference Championships (1)
- Utah State - Western Athletic Conference, 2012.
GARY ANDERSEN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wisconsin - Big Ten Conference West Division, 2014.
GARY ANDERSEN COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
- Wisconsin - Maxwell Coach of the Year Semifinalist, 2013.
- Wisconsin - George Munger Coach of the Year Semifinalist, 2013, 2014.
- Utah State - Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Finalist, 2012.
- Utah State - Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 2012.
- Utah - Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Finalist, 2008.