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Jon Anderson is in his third season as head football coach at the University of Sioux Falls. He was formally introduced as USF's 21st head coach on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Anderson spent 11 years with USF, 2002-2012, including his final three seasons as defensive coordinator. He helped lead the Cougars to a 134-26 record, three NAIA championships (2006, 2008, 2009), as well as the program first, nine-win team at the NCAA DII level. At the DII level, he was part of the staff and team that was 5-4 in the transition year from NAIA to NCAA DII in 2011 and the 9-2 team squad in 2012. The 2012 team earned USF’s first ever national ranking in its first year as member of the NSIC. In fact, the Cougars climbed as high as No. 17 in the AFCA poll and were ranked seven times in that national poll. Anderson left USF to serve as the head coach at West Virginia State for four seasons. He also made sure to keep the program involved in the community through projects such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Flood Relief, Coach to Cure MD, the Relay for Life, WVSU Cares Day, and work at Dunbar Primary School.
In Anderson's first season as head coach, the Cougars posted an impressive 9-3 record and earned a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs for the third consecutive season. This was also the program's fourth straight post-season appearance. This performance brought USF to 24 consecutive winning seasons which is a NCAA DII-best. The Cougars finished the season ranked 20th in the AFCA poll. USF has been ranked in 48 consecutive polls dating back to Sept. 22, 2014. Along with these team accomplishments, USF had 14 players make the NSIC All-Conference team. Linebacker Dennis Gardeck earned four All-American honors. He also was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award and a nominee for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Gardeck finished second in the nation in total sacks (14) while also leading the team in tackles (75).
While Anderson coached at USF, the Cougars dominated its conference opponents, winning 92-of-95 conference games. In 2009, the school posted a perfect 15-0 record in claiming its second consecutive NAIA national championship.
In 2012, Anderson’s defensive unit was among the conference leaders in scoring defense, surrendering only 20.2 points a game. The Cougars’ defense was also among the league leaders in forcing turnovers taking the ball away from opponents 29 times, including 23 interceptions. The 2012 defensive unit built on the success of the 2011 team when the Cougars’ defense forced 21 turnovers and gave up just 21.6 points per game.
During Anderson’s three years as defensive coordinator, the Cougars posted a 27-7 record and limited opponents to an average of 16 points per game. Prior to being named the Cougars’ defensive coordinator, Anderson served eight years as the special team’s coordinator and linebackers coach. In that role, he coached five All-Americans and eight All-Conference players.
Anderson, a native of Maryville, Missouri, played college football for four years at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and coached the secondary at his alma mater during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
He moved to Madison, South Dakota, to join the Dakota State University staff as the linebackers and special teams coach for the 2001 season. He arrived at USF for the 2002 season and earned his master’s degree from South Dakota State University in 2003. He worked with legendary head coach Bob Young, and former head coaches Kalen DeBoer and Jed Stugart.
He and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Trevor and Tyce.