A native of nearby Rockford, Ill., Brian Anderson enters his third season as the Huskies' tight ends coach and has been a member of Jerry Kill's offensive staff at either Northern Illinois or Southern Illinois for the past nine years.
In addition to his duties working with the tight ends, Anderson serves as the staff liaison to the multitude of NFL scouts that visit the Northern Illinois campus and coordinates the Huskies' annual pro day.
Anderson spent seven years with Kill at Southern Illinois, where he mentored some of the top wide receivers in school history. When Anderson left SIU, his protégés appeared in the Saluki record book 31 times.
The most prominent of Anderon's Saluki pupils is 2005 graduate Brent Little, who finished his career ranked second in career receiving yardage (2,303) and touchdowns (20) at SIU. Little is one of five former Anderson pupils to pursue or attain a career in the NFL.
Before going to SIU, Anderson coached at Coffeyville Community College (1996-2000) in Coffeyville, Kans. There, he helped three athletes attain their dreams of playing in the NFL: Donnie O'Neal (San Francisco), Joe Perez (Kansas City), and Boo Williams (New Orleans/New York Giants), who has tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards in the league as a tight end.
Anderson's success at Coffeyville was preceded by two seasons at Highland Community College (1996-97) in Kansas. At Highland, Anderson coached wide receivers and was the team's passing game coordinator.
Anderson began his coaching career at his alma mater, Western Illinois, serving as a student assistant in 1994 before being promoted to a restricted earnings wide receivers coach for the 1995 and '96 seasons. As a coach at WIU, Anderson tutored Leatherneck great Gunnard Twyner, who ranks second in program history for career receptions, and Fabien Bownes, who spent six years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (1995, 1997-98) and Seattle Seahawks (1999-2001).
Anderson's collegiate playing career began at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. As a Panther, Anderson competed in the 1988 Royal Crown Cola Bowl and the 1989 Mid-American Bowl, that season's NJCAA national championship game.
After his career at Ellsworth, Anderson moved on to Macomb, where he earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts. He redshirted the 1990 season at WIU, then lettered in both 1991 and 1992. Over his two seasons, the Leathernecks went 14-8-1, including an upset win over No. 15 Missouri State.
Anderson is married to the former Kerri Jackson of Murphysboro, Ill.
Western Illinois (Wide Receiver), 1990-92
Ellsworth C.C. (Wide Receiver), 1988-90
B.A., Western Illinois, 1994
Rockford West, 1998
January 23, 1969
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||Independence Bowl (2008)
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