Utah State hires Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson has its new head coach

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Anderson won 51 games and two Sun Belt Conference championships with Red Wolves

LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Utah State has found another Anderson to run its football team.

Utah State has hired Blake Anderson as its new head coach, replacing Gary Andersen, who was fired last month after an 0-3 start.

Blake Anderson, 51, spent seven seasons at the helm of the Red Wolves, compiling a record of 51-37, and leading Arkansas State to two Sun Belt Conference championships in 2014 and 2015.

“I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Utah State football program,” said Anderson. “This is an unbelievable place with a great tradition and history of success, both on and off the field, that we look forward to building upon. I can’t wait to get started with the guys and I look forward to a packed Maverik Stadium next fall. GO AGGIES!!!”

“On behalf of Aggie nation, I am thrilled to announce Blake Anderson as our new head football coach,” said Utah State athletic director John Hartwell. “I have watched his Arkansas State teams over the past seven years, first when I was at Troy and then here at USU, and I am excited for our fans to witness first-hand his high-octane offense and championship brand of football.

“Blake is an outstanding football coach and an even better person. His emphasis on total development of his student-athletes in the classroom, on the field and in preparation for life after football, will be a great asset for Utah State University.”

Anderson also led the Red Wolves to six bowl games in his seven seasons there. But this season was difficult, as Arkansas State finished with a 4-7 record.

Anderson also lost his wife to breast cancer and his father to emphysema, and was looking for a fresh start elsewhere.

Before joining Arkansas State, Anderson was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both North Carolina (2012-13) and Southern Miss (2010-11). His dynamic offense helped lead the two programs to 34 victories, three bowl game appearances and two conference or divisional titles.

Anderson came to Southern Miss after spending the 2007 campaign at Louisiana-Lafayette as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Ragin’ Cajuns posted the sixth-ranked rushing offense nationally (251.6) in 2007 and became the Sun Belt’s first-ever 3,000-yard rushing team (3,019).

“Blake is in the process of assembling an all-star staff and I have full confidence that Aggie football will return to the upper echelon of the Mountain West in the near future,” added Hartwell.

Weber State head coach Jay Hill and BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes also reportedly interviewed the Utah State job.

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