Gary Andersen 'learned a ton' from season spent with offensive coaches
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday December 13, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 13, 2012
Until this season, it had been 20 years since Gary Andersen coached offense, and that was only three years working with the offensive line at Ricks College.
So, after spring practice, Andersen left his comfort zone on defense and spent all season sitting in on his team's offensive meetings and plans. The result was a 10-2 season and WAC coach of the year honors for Andersen this season.
"I learned a ton. It was great for me," he said. "The reason I did was nothing more than for myself as a head coach."
Andersen admitted that the team's offensive terminology "sounds like a foreign language out there sometimes to me." The Aggies finished No. 26 in the nation in offense this year, gaining 459.8 yards per game.
"I felt as a head coach for me in the future, being around the kids, understanding a little bit more on game day (the move was a good idea)," Andersen said. "At least I have an idea now. In the future, hiring coaches, it'll help me have an idea of what we are looking for in the interview process. It's been very educational for me."
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda proved worthy of Andersen's trust as the Aggies didn't miss a beat on that side of the ball. Utah State finished No. 15 in the country in total defense, giving up 322.7 yards per game.
"I felt very good about our defense after spring ball," Andersen said.
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org