Anderson played college football and Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and coached the secondary at his alma mater during 1999 and 2000 seasons. He moved to Madison, S.D., to join the Dakota State coaching staff for the 2001 season as linebackers and special teams coach.
Anderson what drew him to State was new President Brian Hemphill's commitment to improving the athletic facilities. A new athletic complex, which includes a state-of-the-art weight room for athletes only, was announced in October.
"The things that they're doing as far as fundraising and the plan that Dr. Hemphill has for athletics, football in particular, sold me right there,'' Anderson said.
Anderson said his vision for the football program begins in the classroom.
"We're going to graduate our student-athletes,'' he said. "That's first and foremost. The second thing is we're going to be socially responsible for our actions on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. We're going to work for daily improvement is the third major thing.
"No shortcuts. No instant gratification. Look for small daily improvements. If we do that enough days in a row we'll get to where we're going. We're going to have competition. I want guys that are hungry to compete. I want guys that aren't scared of competition or back down from competition.''
Anderson said he had never been to the Mountain State until Monday night.
"It's beautiful country,'' he said. "They've made my wife and I feel so welcome. We feel very comfortable. We fell like this is home for the next period of our life.''
Anderson and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, 8-year-old Trevor and 5-year-old Tyce.
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