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Gary Andersen is one of the most respected football coaches in the country and enters his second season at the helm of the Oregon State football program in 2016. Andersen became the 28th coach in Beaver football history December 10, 2014 in what was widely considered a popular hire by then OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis.
In his first year in Corvallis he aspired to change the culture of the football program. His leadership paid dividends immediately as the Beavers had 15 Pac-12 Conference All-Academic selections, a record since the league expanded to 12 institutions, and matched the most ever by OSU.
Andersen owns a career record of 51-48 overall on the field as a head coach that includes stops at OSU, where in his first season he inherited one of the youngest teams in the country, Wisconsin, Utah State and Southern Utah. He was a combined 30-9 in his two seasons at Wisconsin and his final year at Utah State, and came to OSU with four consecutive winning seasons overall. He also owns an 8-2 bowl-game record as an assistant or head coach, and was 2-0 in BCS bowls as an assistant.
Conference championships and bowl games stand out on Andersen’s resume, as do his teams’ academic success and community service endeavors. The last full Academic Progress Rate (APR) report for Wisconsin rated the Badgers in the top 10 in the country for the two seasons of Andersen’s tenure, including nearly a perfect score in 2014.