Dick Anderson (American football coach)

Dick Anderson (American football coach)
Dick Anderson
Current position
Title C/OG coach
Team Penn State
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Place of birth Queens, NY
Playing career
1960-1962 Penn State
Position(s) TE / DE
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Lafayette (assistant)
Penn (OL)
Penn State (OL)
Rutgers (HC)
Penn State (OL)
Penn State (QB)
Penn State (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 28-33-4
College Football Data Warehouse

Dick Anderson is an assistant football coach at Penn State and former head coach at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Anderson compiled a record of 27 wins, 34 losses and 4 ties,[1] with his highlight victory being a 21-16 win over Penn State in 1988—Rutgers' first win over the Nittany Lions in 70 years.[2]

As a player

Anderson, a native of Queens, New York, played tight end and defensive end at Penn State for coach Rip Engle from 1960-1962. He played in the 1961 and 1962 Gator Bowls and also captained the Nittany Lions baseball team.[3] Anderson earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education from Penn State in 1963. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 29th round of the 1963 AFL Draft and by the Cleveland Browns in the 17th round of the NFL Draft, but Anderson opted to remain at Penn State as a graduate assistant while earning his Master's degree and playing for the semi-pro Newark Bears on the weekends.[3]


Anderson's first full-time coaching job was as an assistant at Lafayette College under future Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Harry Gamble, whom he then followed to the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He returned to Penn State in 1973 at the invitation of head coach Joe Paterno.[4] In his next 11 seasons as the Nittany Lions' offensive line coach, Anderson established himself as one of college football's best. Five of his players were named All-Americans (John Nessel, Tom Rafferty, Keith Dorney, Bill Dugan, and Sean Farrell) and a steady stream of Nittany Lion linemen went on to the NFL, including Hall of Famer Mike Munchak.[3]

In 1984 he accepted the head coaching job at Rutgers where his six-year record was 27-34-4. His best season was 1984, when the Scarlet Knights finished 7-3. Anderson was relieved of his duties at Rutgers in 1990 and returned to Penn State to resume duties as the team's offensive line coach. In 1993 Anderson moved to quarterbacks coach, following Jim Caldwell's departure to accept the head coaching job at Wake Forest.[3] He returned to coaching the offensive line when Jay Paterno became coach of quarterbacks in 1999.


  1. ^ "Rutgers Football Coaches Records". Rutgers Athletics Communications. http://scarletknights.com/football/history/records-coaches.asp. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Dick Anderson Profile". Penn State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/anderson_dick00.html. 
  3. ^ a b c d Penn State Football Yearbook, 1993. Penn State Department of Sports Information. p. 150. 
  4. ^ Steve Sampsell. "Dick Anderson Interview". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1990/04/04-20-90 cm/04-20-90 cm-2.asp. 

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