Utah Tech Announces New Football Coach
Utah Tech announced Lance Anderson as its new head football coach this morning.
Anderson and Athletic Director spoke at the press conference and fielded questions from the media.
You can watch the press conference here:
And here's the press release from UT Athletics Media Relations: (link to full article)
Utah Tech University Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ken Beazer introduced Lance Anderson as the fifth head football coach in the program's NCAA era on Friday.
"Coach Anderson brings a wealth of successful coaching experience and program development," said Beazer. "He has demonstrated exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and a commitment to fostering both athletic and personal development throughout his career. We welcome Lance and [his wife] Sherri to St. George and Trailblazer Nation."
"We are excited to officially welcome Coach Anderson to Trailblazer Nation," Utah Tech University President Dr. Richard B. Williams said. "His coaching experience at the highest levels of college football will benefit Utah Tech as we continue to progress as an NCAA Division I program."
Anderson joins the Trailblazer football program after serving as an offensive senior analyst at Boise State this past season.
"I am very excited to be the head football coach at Utah Tech University," said Coach Anderson. "I am grateful to President Williams and Ken Beazer for the opportunity to lead this group of fine young men and exceptional student-athletes.
"I love the sport of football and the life lessons it teaches," Coach Anderson added. "I look forward to building a winning football program at Utah Tech University that this community can be proud of both on and off the field."
Prior to his brief stint at Boise State, Anderson spent 16 seasons on the football staff at Stanford University from 2007-22, where he spent the last nine seasons of his tenure with the Cardinal as the Willie Shaw Director of Defense.
He served as defensive line coach at Stanford under then-head coach, and current Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh from 2007-09. Anderson then spent 13 seasons as the outside linebackers coach, and in 2018 was elevated to associate head coach by then-head coach David Shaw (2011-22). He also served as interim head coach following Shaw's resignation at the end of the 2022.
During his time at Stanford, Anderson was part of one of the most successful eras in the history of Cardinal football, a history that included three PAC-12 championships, five New Year's Six bowl games, 10 consecutive bowl game appearances overall, and the winningest decade in program history (2010-2019).
Anderson's work on the admissions and recruiting front has been noteworthy. He has received considerable praise for his work as the program's liaison to the Stanford Admission Office during his tenure, and as Stanford's Recruiting Coordinator from 2007-2011.
He has played an instrumental role in the Cardinal landing numerous nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the 2012 class ranked 5th in the nation, the 2014 class ranked 9th, the 2016 class ranked 8th, the 2017 class ranked 11th, and the 2022 class which was ranked 11th. He was named 2012 Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com, and was ranked as one of the top recruiters, both in the PAC-12 and nationally, by Rivals.com.
Anderson was the architect of Stanford's vaunted defense that has ranked among the best defensive units in the PAC-12 and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
Throughout his tenure as defensive coordinator, Anderson's defense ranked inside the top-38 nationally in total defense and scoring defense five consecutive seasons, highlighted by the 2014 campaign which included the No. 2-ranked scoring defense, No. 3-ranked total defense, and was ranked fifth-nationally in sacks per game.
Following the conclusion of the 2014 season, Anderson was a finalist for the Broyles Award, an award given to the best assistant coach in college football.
Anderson consistently produced NFL talent from the defensive side of the ball, including Solomon Thomas (highest drafted defensive player in Stanford program history), Bobby Okereke, Casey Toohill, Harrison Phillips, Justin Reid, Paulson Adebo, Peter Kalambayi, Quenton Meeks, Brennen Scarlett, Jordan Richards, Trent Murphy, Blake Martinez, Thomas Booker, Henry Anderson, David Perry, Josh Mauro, James Vaughters, Michael Thomas, Alex Carter, Curtis Robinson and Alijah Holder.
Prior to his time at Stanford, Anderson coached the defensive line and served as recruiting coordinator under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego from 2005-06. He helped lead the Toreros to a 22-2 overall record, along with two Pioneer League Championships, and a 2006 Division 1-AA Mid-Major national championship.
While at USD, Anderson mentored 2006 co-Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, Eric Bakhtiari, who went on to play five seasons in the NFL.
Anderson began his coaching career at his alma mater, Idaho State, where he spent two seasons from 1997-98. Then after one season with the Mobile Admirals (1999) of the Regional Football League, he returned to college football with stops Bucknell (1999-2002), Saint Mary's (2003) and Utah State (2004), before his time at USD.
A native of Rupert, Idaho, Anderson played two seasons as a walk-on linebacker at Idaho State in 1993-94, and earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology in 1997. He and his wife, Sherri, are the parents of three children – Aubrey, Jaren and Braden.
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