Gary Andersen: 'Coaches are missing their children's lives while on their phone'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 25, 2017


Gary Andersen is one of just a handful of FBS head coaches who don’t use Twitter, and that’s not changing.

The Oregon State head coach understands its purpose, and he knows it's valuable for his assistants in recruiting, but he doesn’t like seeing how it takes over people’s lives, and he’s not going down that road. He tried it once and didn’t like it. He just texts recruits, instead.

“It’s very, very important for our assistants, a valuable tool for our recruiters,” he said on The Irregular Guys. “I just don’t think it’s a tool that I need. Besides, I got lost in two seconds. I was trying to look at pictures. Then I see these 45-year-old coaches studying their phone while their children run around the house and they’re losing their children’s lives, because they don’t pay attention to them because they’re on Twitter all the time. So that confuses me.

“I get on them all the time. Drop your damn phone and take care of things. It’s not that important. There’s some funny stuff on Twitter, but I’m good. I’ll stay in my old-school world, I suppose.”

Just because Andersen isn’t on Twitter doesn’t mean Oregon State’s recruiting staff is behind in any sense. But in a day and age where high school players are getting overloaded with attention from staffs, Andersen doesn’t want to be a bother to kids. He says he goes for quality over quantity.

Assistants are on the road for spring recruiting now. More and more, a head coach has to recruit from a distance. 

“Our recruiting people do an unbelievable job of staying on the cutting edge of everything,” he said. “We’re going to make sure we’re being as creative as we can, getting information out there from the standpoint of our program. I just really believe a quick phone call from me when I can give a phone call, the ability for me to text back and forth and be involved with the parents. Recruiting is a relationship business, especially from a head coaching standpoint.

“I want the kid to know I am there for them. I’m not going to beat them up. I don’t want, when I send a kid a text, for him to think, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s Oregon State again and Coach Andersen.’ I want him to be excited. So I try to keep my conversations clean and crisp.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.