NORMAL — Illinois State football coach Brock Spack announced Friday the hiring of former Minnesota assistant coach Brian Anderson as ISU's new wide receivers coach.
Anderson recently spent six seasons as a Minnesota assistant, serving as wide receivers coach from 2014-16 and running backs coach from 2011-2013.
“I’ve known about Brian for a long time and he comes highly recommended from Coach (Jerry) Kill, who I respect deeply,” Spack said. “He has been a part of staffs that have won championships in this league before and has been around the state of Illinois for a long time.
"His experience working with wide receivers at the FCS and FBS levels will be a great asset to our offensive staff.”
Minnesota receivers flourished under Anderson in 2015. Sixteen Gophers, seven of them receivers, combined to catch 251 passes for 2,793 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 251 receptions were the most by a Minnesota team since 2008. Gopher receivers caught 158 passes (62.9 percent) for 1,794 yards with 12 touchdowns.
“This is a great opportunity to work with Coach Spack and I’ve always liked and respected what he has done in the past,” Anderson said. “This is not only a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach, but also to get back to coaching in the Missouri Valley Football Conference again where I played and coached.
"I was fortunate to be with the same guys for 16 years and we had a lot of success, but now this gives me an opportunity to work with a new offensive staff and try to take this thing to the next level.”
Prior to his stint in Minneapolis, Anderson coached tight ends at Northern Illinois from 2008-10 and coached wide receivers and kick returners at Southern Illinois from 2001-07 under Kill. Prior to joining Southern Illinois, Anderson coached at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2000.
Anderson played at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, and at Western Illinois, where he lettered as a wide receiver in 1991 and ’92.
Anderson has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois. He and his wife, Kerri, have a daughter, Annabelle.