Brian Anderson  
Brian Anderson

Position:
Wide Receiver Coach

Alma Mater:
Western Illinois (1994)


08/11/2014

Fall Camp '14: Wide Receivers Preview

The Gophers will bring back six wide receivers who lettered in 2013

Brian Anderson is in his fourth season on the Gopher Football staff. He serves as Minnesota's wide receivers coach after leading the Gophers' running backs from 2011-2013.

In 2013, Anderson helped produce the Gophers' first 1,000-yard running back since 2006. In 13 games, junior David Cobb rushed for 1,202 yards to become the first back to rush for more than 1,000 yards (and 1,200 yards) since Amir Pinnix. In two of his three years at Minnesota, Anderson has coached a 900-yard back, as Donnell Kirkwood churned out 926 yards during his redshirt sophomore year in 2012.

Anderson had been on head coach Jerry Kill's staff for 10 years prior to taking his role with the Gophers. He coached the tight ends at Northern Illinois for three years and coached the wide receivers and kick returners at Southern Illinois from 2001-07.

Prior to joining Coach Kill's staff at Southern Illinois, Anderson coached at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2000. At Coffeyville, three of his student-athletes went on to play in the National Football League. Anderson also coached for two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas (1996-97).

He began his coaching career at Western Illinois, serving as a student assistant in 1994, before being promoted to the restricted earnings position coaching the wide receivers in 1995-96.

Anderson's playing career began at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. At Ellsworth, Anderson took part in the 1988 Royal Crown Cola Bowl and the 1989 Mid-American Bowl, tha season's NJCAA national championship game. He then moved on to Western Illinois, where he lettered in 1991 and 1992.

Anderson holds a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois. He and his wife Kerri have a daughter, Annabelle.

THE ANDERSON FILE

Coaching Experience
2011-present: Minnesota - Running Backs
2008-10: Northern Illinois - Tight Ends
2001-07: Southern Illinois - Wide Receivers/Returners
1997-00: Coffeyville Community College - Wide Receivers/Returners
1996-97: Highland Community College - Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator
1995-96: Western Illinois - Wide Receivers

Playing Experience
Western Illinois (Wide Receiver), 1990-92
Ellsworth C.C. (Wide Receiver), 1988-90

College
B.A., Western Illinois, 1994

High School
Rockford West, 1998

Birthplace
Rockford, Ill.

Birthdate
January 23, 1969