Drake alum to build teams that play physical style
Jay Anderson isn't wasting time in his duties as the new Buena Vista University head football coach.
Anderson was on the road Wedneday morning for a recruiting trip across the state that will last nearly the entire week.
"I''m going to spend some time in Northwest Iowa, get down to the Council Bluffs area and then toward the eastern part of the state," Anderson told the Pilot Tribune Tuesday night.
Anderson was named BVU's head football coach Tuesday afternoon by University President Fred Moore. Anderson succeeds Steve Osterberger, who resigned his position last month to take the head coaching job at Loras College.
Moore said the University's search for a replacement for Osterberger was "nationwide" and received strong response from qualified candidates.
But, he added, it turned out the best candidate was already a part of the program. Moore said he wanted a coach who stressed academics for student athletes, but who was also an "aggressive recruiter" who would take the Beaver football team to a higher level.
"Coach Anderson is an energetic coach and recruiter," Moore said. "Look for some exciting changes in Buena Vista football."
Anderson said he had a day-long interview a week ago with the search committee.
After being introduced by Moore as the 25th head coach in BVU's history, Anderson said he hopes the team can compete for an Iowa Conference championship as early as next season.
"We want to be a physical team on offense, defense, and special teams," he said. "We want to be known as an attacking, physical football team."
He added that on the field, he and his staff will strive for a good balance between the run and the pass, but that the first order of business is to get better at running the ball. Last year's team was sixth in the Iowa Conference in rushing, averaging 115 yards per game.
"When you have third and a yard situation, you've got to be able to run for the first down even though everyone in the stadium knows your going to run," he said.
Anderson has been an assistant coach at BVU for the past nine years. Before taking over as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2000, he was a graduate assistant from 1997-1999, when he worked with defensive backs and wide receivers.
"The program is in an excellent position to do great things, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead it in the right direction," he said.
Anderson added that he hopes to build a solid recruiting base in northwestern Iowa, and looks forward to building relationships with area prep football coaching staffs.
"This program has a tremendous amount of potential,' Anderson said. "I'm looking forward to coaching a group of high-caliber student athletes."
The coach added that no current BVU football players left the school or team as a result of Osterberger's move to Loras.
"We've actually gained 10 or 12 recruits in the past three weeks," Anderson said.
Prior to joining the BVU staff, Anderson was an assistant coach at Simpson College in 1995 and in 1996, when the Storm went 10-0.
He is a high school graduate of Interstate 35 High School in Truro, and went on to attend Drake. He earned two letters playing for the Drake football team and graduated with a degree in elementary education. He later earned his master's degree in educational administration at BVU.