Aggie Insights E-newsletter
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 12 December 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Jeffrey Allred

Jeffrey Allred

For Jeffrey Allred, choosing to attend Utah State was a no brainer. With his mother and brother both earning their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Utah State, Jeffrey wanted to follow their example and become an Aggie. He grew up attending USU football and basketball games and never really considered attending any other college. For Jeffrey, it was Utah State all the way.

While Allred was busy working on a pre-dentistry degree and playing midfielder for the lacrosse team at USU, as it often happens in life, his career plans took a little turn. On the advice of his brother, Jeffrey enrolled in an art photography class taught by Craig Law. Allred said, “I immediately knew it was right for me.” Wanting to become a dentist became a thing of the past. Allred started shooting for the Utah Statesman and took over as photo editor a few months later.

Before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Jeffrey got an offer to work as a photojournalist for the Salt Lake Tribune.  With a great job in a highly competitive market, such as photojournalism, being difficult to find, Allred decided to take the job. Recognizing the value of a college education, Jeffrey continued taking classes from Utah State and the University of Utah, while also working full time for the Tribune.  In 1990, Allred was assigned by the Tribune to cover USU Commencement; so instead of walking with his fellow graduates, Allred covered his own graduation from the sidelines.

Allred has been shooting photography professionally for twenty years. His talented work has won numerous awards, including:

*Society of Professional Journalists 1st place Photo Essay, “Mexican Baptism”, 2008 
*Associated Press 1st place Sports, “Header”, 2007 
*Society of Professional Journalists Utah Photographer of the Year 2005, 2004, 2003 

Most recently, Allred was awarded the Associated Press Member Showcase Photo of the Year 2008 for his photograph, “Farewell”.

In addition to shooting locally for Desert News, Jeffrey currently works as a freelance photojournalist for the New York Times and USA Today. For the past several years, Allred has mentored the Daily Universe photographers at Brigham Young University, while also teaching photojournalism as an adjunct professor. In his spare time, Jeffrey volunteers as an instructor at the Salt Lake Tribune High School Writers and Photographers Workshop and as the lacrosse coach at Olympus High School.

Jeffrey makes his home in Salt Lake City, where he has two exceptional photo assistants---his sons, Andy and Derek.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

Nominate an Alumni Spotlight here.

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The New Official MasterCard of Utah State University - Financial Stability
Official Mastercard of Utah State

In these challenging financial times it is good to have a partner you can trust, like your Alumni Association.  We know you have many credit cards in your wallet and you probably don’t like any of them.  This is why the Alumni Association has put together a rewards program unlike any you have ever seen, with actual benefits to you and the university without any of the tricks you don’t like about credit cards.  And what’s more, the programs financial backing comes from a bank in the healthiest 2% of all banks in the country.  This is why we are able to offer you a program rate, no more wondering what your rate will be next month and no more paying for others bad credit decisions.  If you have questions with the financial stability of the USU Alumni Association's new affinity partner, PartnersFirst, please read the letter from Robert Sarver. Mr. Sarver is the Chairman and CEO of Western Alliance Bancorp, which is PartnersFirst's holding company. View letter here.

Your new USU Rewards Mastercard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. Thank you for supporting us with our former Chase Bank Visa Card. Now that the Chase relationship has ended, we hope we can count on your support for the new Official MasterCard. Your involvement funds Alumni Association activities such as Aggie Family Days, Homecoming, chapter events and more! This new MasterCard is available now! Click here for details.

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Fall 2008 Commencement Fall 2008 Commencement

Graduates and undergraduates will gather for fall commencement on Friday and Saturday, December 12-13, 2008. It will be the University's 120th undergraduate commencement ceremony. USU administrator and dean Noelle Cockett will serve as commencement speaker, and University President Stan L. Albrecht will moderate the ceremony. Amanda K. Zornes, valedictorian of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, will also be featured as a speaker.

Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
Friday, December 12, 2008
1:30 p.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
800 East 1000 North
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 13, 2008
10:30 a.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
800 East 1000 North

The Alumni Association is hosting the Commencement Celebration Picnic immediately following the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 13. The event is held in the Taggart Student Center and is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available through the USU Ticket Office.

For more information, please visit the Commencement Website.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship Applications Available

Alumni Association

The 2009 Alumni Legacy Scholarship applications are now available.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2009. Scholarships will be awarded in mid-March.

To qualify:

*Student must be an incoming freshman or transfer student

*Be a descendant of an alumnus of USU (12 or more credits)

*Fill out an application and submit a transcript

For more details and to fill out an application, click here.

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Discounts on Athletic Events for Sustaining Alumni Members Aggie Basketball

Sustaining Alumni Members have the opportunity to receive the following special discounts on select tickets for the '08-'09 Men's and Women's Basketball season:

* 20% discount per ticket (no limit) on Duel in the Desert games 12/29-31 and Idaho 1/5. Note that these individual game tickets are not available for purchase until single game tickets for all games go on sale 12/8. Tickets for any games prior to 12/6 can be purchased the Monday before the actual game date.

* 20% discount on Women’s sports passes

Show your Lifetime or Annual Sustaining Membership Card at the USU Spectrum Ticket Office for your discount.

Click here to see current athletics schedules.

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Alumni online community - Explore Career Opportunities!


Trying to find job postings for companies that are hiring USU Alumni? Do you want to contact other Aggie classmates for career advice? Looking to hire Utah State Alumni?

The “Careers” portion of the USU Alumni Online Community is a great resource for exploring career opportunities. Employers can recruit USU Alumni directly through inCircle with free job posting.  Users can search jobs by job function, industry, company, or region.  Watch for new company and alumni spotlights to see what fellow Aggies are accomplishing in the business world. E-mail a fellow alumnus from your graduating class or major for advice on a career change. Browse companies that are hiring people like you or browse job listings from other sources on the web. Using USU inCircle is a great way to find new and exciting career information.

USU inCircle is an online community for Utah State alumni. You can search through inCircle for fellow alumni by city, employer, industry, class year, and more. Other features include the ability to post and search employment listings, join and form alumni and interest groups, register for events, and discuss just about anything you want to with fellow Utah State friends.

The new community is open to all who attended (including current students), graduated from, or work at USU. In all, over 140,000 people are currently pre-registered. Within the first week there was a range of registered users over 40 class years apart. To visit and set up your account go to, or from the Alumni homepage click the online community link.

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Alumni sets goal: 4,000 "A" plates in 2008

This article will appear monthly with updates on our plate numbers

License Plate

The Alumni Association has sponsored the "A" plate program since Spring 2000. The point of this program has one financial purpose, to provide scholarships to legacy students.

The Alumni Association has set a goal in 2008 to end the year with 4,000 "A" plates on the roads in Utah. This will provide at least $100,000 to give back to the legacy scholarship program. As of November 2008, we have over 3760 plates. If you don't have an "A" plate, but have always thought about it, now is the time.

Learn more about the "A" plate program here.

Do you have a custom "A" plate and want to show it off? Click here.

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Back to the Buzzer


A ski class on Old Main Hill, circa 1960's.

Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.

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Voice Male Christmas Concerts Voice Male Christmas Concerts

Voice Male, a six man a cappella group, who recently received the Utah State Young Alumni of the Year award, has several upcoming Christmas concerts in the Utah and Arizona area. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to their smooth harmonies and fabulous sound. This year, make their concert part of your holiday season!

Date City Time
Friday, Dec. 12th Ogden, UT 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 13th Logan, UT 1:30 pm, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 16th Lehi, UT 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 17th Lehi, UT 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18th Salt Lake City, UT 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20th Gilbert, AZ 7:00 pm

For more information or to buy tickets on-line, click here.

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Bridgerland Literacy Scrabble® Scramble

The University Inn & Conference Center, University Catering of USU Dining Services, and the Taggart Student Center are proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Bridgerland Literacy Scrabble® Scramble.The event will be held in the TSC Ballroom on Friday, January 16, 2009. We want to thank you for helping us raise money and awareness for Bridgerland Literacy.

4th Annual Bridgerland Scrabble Scramble

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Jazz Night at the Sky Club Jazz Night at the Sky Club

The USU Caine School of the Arts Music Department, in conjunction with USU Catering and the University Inn & Conference Center, are sponsoring a Jazz Night at the Sky Club, February 12-14, 2009. Proceeds from this event benefit the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship.

Come and experience a charming evening of nostalgia in a 1930’s nightclub atmosphere. The evening will begin with a lavish gourmet dinner and the sultry sound of jazz vocals and guitar duo. Live music performed by the talented Utah State University Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz vocalists along with guest performances by Professor Emeritus Larry Smith and others, will rock the Sky Club to the unforgettable tunes of the Big Band Era.

Enjoy an unsurpassable atmosphere for swing dancing and VIP treatment in beautiful Cache Valley.

Student Night- Dance Only Dinner & Dancing
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009 Date: Friday & Saturday, February 13-14, 2009
Time: 8:00pm Time: 7:00pm
Location: USU Skyroom Restaurant Location: USU Skyroom Restaurant
Cost: $7 per single, $10 per couple Cost: $39 per person

Tickets available December 1, 2008. Call the USU Ticket Office at 435-797-0305.


Overnight Package

For an exceptionally complete experience, take advantage of the University Inn's overnight package, including tickets for two to Jazz Night at the Sky Club, a one-night stay in a relaxing hotel room, and hot breakfast the following morning.

Package price is $157.95+ tax, with upgrades available. Reserve at the University Inn at 800-231-5634 or

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Revisit Your Memories of Utah State University

Revisit Your Memories of USU

The University Inn & Conference Center invites you to revisit your fond memories of Utah State University. Attend campus or community events, and USU’s full service guest hotel will have a cozy room ready for you at the end of the day! Enjoy covered parking, wireless internet, and Aggie Ice Cream on us!

Upcoming events and activities include:

*USU Men’s & Women’s Basketball

*USU Hockey

*Bar J Wranglers, Ellen Eccles Theatre

*The Hot Club of San Francisco, Ellen Eccles Theatre

*Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration with Craig Jessop, Kent Concert Hall

*Skiing and recreating in beautiful Logan Canyon

*Sledding below Old Main

Ask for your Alumni Discount at the University Inn & Conference Center, and welcome home to Utah State University.

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College of HASS Presents Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

James D. "Mitch" Vilos

USU alumnus James D. “Mitch” Vilos, a well-known personal injury and trial lawyer in Utah, was the first speaker in the newly established: Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

On November 18, Vilos gave a presentation entitled, “I Wanna Be a Lawyer: I think I can…I think can…” at the David B. Haight Alumni Center. Expressing his gratitude for being chosen as the first speaker in the series, Vilos remarked, “I think a pixie went around and found out that I am having the most fun of all other [USU] graduates.”

The only son of Greek immigrants, Vilos wanted to become a lawyer from watching Perry Mason as child.  A constant struggle with reading forced Mitch to overcome mental obstacles on his route to becoming a lawyer. After doing poorly on his first law exam, Vilos persevered, unlike many of his fellow peers. Mitch graduated from USU with a pre-law degree in 1978. He received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

In his presentation, Mitch counseled students to have a passion and work it into their profession. He stressed the importance of being yourself and not being afraid to get up and deliver. Relating a story about his first experience in a court room, Vilos said the only way to get over it [fear] is by doing it, and that each of us will always have good and bad days. Persistence and determination are key.    

For the latter half of his presentation, Mitch fielded questions from the audience. Vilos has authored and co-authored several books and articles about personal injury law and gun control. When he’s not in the courtroom or the office, Mitch spends time with his family and his other love, guns.

Check the College of HASS website for information about the next speaker in the Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series.

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Emeriti Merit Citation Awarded to Dr. William F. Campbell

Dr. William F. Campbell has been selected for an Emeriti Merit Citation for his dedicated service to the Utah State University as Professor of Crop Physiology and for six years service on the USU Emeriti Board. Bill received his B.S. in Agriculture Education from the University of Illinois in 1956, his M.S. degree in Anatomy from the University of Illinois in 1957, and his Ph.D. in Radiation Botany from Michigan State University in 1964.

Bill belongs to many professional organizations and has earned many honors, including: The USU College of Agriculture Distinguished Faculty Award in 1983, The USU Faculty Library Award in 1984, Fellow of The American Society for Horticultural Science in 1984, Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1986, The ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award in 1987, and Fellow of The American Society of Agronomy in 1991.

Bill authored or coauthored over 290 refereed, semi-technical and technical reports, experiment station articles, presentations and scientific papers, and secured over $4 million in grants, grants-in-aid or contracts.

He actively served the USU Library and was Associate Department Head. Bill and his wife Phyllis established a scholarship fund at the USU Women’s Center in 2000 to fund a re-entry student with at least a 5-year gap in formal education. They have been actively involved in the Logan First Presbyterian Church.

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Traditions Story- USU Winter Carnival

For students at Utah State, snow has always been a part of the college experience. While many alumni’s memories of their involvement at USU range from playing intramural ultimate frisbee, singing the Scotsman at basketball games, partying at Salsabration, helping clean up campus on A-day, or participating in Greek Week,  dealing with snow is a common memory for all.

Beginning in the late 1930s and continuing into the early 1970s, Utah State students found a way to embrace Cache Valley’s frigid temperatures and make the most of the snow dominated months through participation in an annual Winter Carnival. While activities varied from year to year, main events included: snow sculpting and snowshoe races on the quad, skiing competitions in Logan Canyon, and the crowning of a snow king and queen. Many years the merriment was closed with a Winter Carnival dance or "Snow Ball".  

The Logan Canyon road opened to year-round traffic in 1939. In the early years of the Winter Carnival, the skiing competitions were held at Tony Grove. In the 40s, the skiing events moved to The Sinks. In the 50s, Beaver Mountain installed a 1,000 foot rope tow and 2,700 ft T-bar. Due to the improved skiing conditions, Beaver Mountain became the new host for the Winter Carnival skiing competitions. Fraternities, Sororities, and on-campus clubs participated in single and team competitions in slalom, downhill, jumping, and cross-country skiing events. The top, overall male and female finisher were often crowned the snow king and queen.  Some years, more casual ski relays were also held on Old Main Hill.

Aside from the skiing events, the Winter Carnival always proved to attract crowds to participate in the activities on the quad. In the ladies’ snowshoe races, female co-eds often donned costumes, creating a unique, fun edge to the competition. On the quad, Greek organizations and clubs would form impressive, elaborate ice sculptures in a variety of themes. To view photos of snow sculptures from the 40s and 50s, visit the Utah State University Digital Library USU Historical Photo Collection and type “winter carnival” in the search engine.

In 1970, with a lack of snow in the valley, the only events held that year were the skiing competitions on Beaver Mountain. That same year, Beaver Mountain launched its first double chair lift—Harry’s Dream—opening almost 50 acres of new runs. With the new amenities and draw to Beaver Mountain, the tradition of the Winter Carnival faded into a tradition of the past.    

Last year, the ASUSU Athletics Committee decided to bring the tradition back. Their main reason for this is was to create an opportunity for the Outdoor Recreation Center to get more publicity and for Club sports to do recruiting. Reminiscent of the former days of Winter Carnival activities on the quad, students participated in snow sculpting and a snowshoeing course while enjoying free hot chocolate.

This year the committee plans to hold the Winter Carnival sometime in the month of February. Hopefully, this once forgotten tradition will be back at Utah State to stay.

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Chapter News

Check the Alumni Association Chapters page for chapter news and events.

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Travel Opportunities

Travel opportunity in Hawaii, including attending the USU v Hawaii football game. Dates and Details TBD once football schedule is announced in February/March 2009!

2009                Other travel opportunities will be announced in a future newsletter!


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Read the Classnotes

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Current Athletic Schedules

Click here for a current schedule of all Aggie sports.

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Away Game Basketball Tip-off Parties

Aggie basketball is back for another great season. Several away game tip-off parties are on the schedule and promise to be fun for the whole family. For more details, check the Alumni Pregame/Tipoff Parties page.


Away Game Basketball Tip-off Parties

Saturday, December 17, 2008 USU @ Southern Utah (Cedar City)
Tip-off Party: 5:30pm-7:00pm MST
Place: Sharwan Smith Student Center (Brian Head Room)
  Southern Utah University Campus, Cedar City
Phone:  435-586-7762
Cost: $12.00 per person (includes BBQ chicken dinner & Aggie Ice Cream!)
Parking: Open parking after 4 pm
RSVP: Thursday, December 11
Alumni Relations: 1-800-291-ALUM (2586), 435-797-2055
Tip-off: 7:30 pm MST at Centrum Arena
Game Tickets: Call SUU Ticket Office 435-586-7872
Saturday, December 20, 2008   USU @ Idaho State (Pocatello)
Tip-off Party: 5:00pm-6:30pm MST
Place: Earl R. Pond Student Center (Wood River Rm)
  921 S. 8th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-2700
Cost: $10.00 per person (includes Hamburger/Hot Dog dinner and Aggie Ice Cream)
Parking: For Tip-off: Public parking 5th & E. Humboldt St
For Game:  $1.00 per car next to Holt Arena
RSVP: By Tuesday, December 16
Alumni Relations: 1-800-291-ALUM (2586), 435-797-2055
Tip-off 7:05pm MST at Holt Arena
Game Tickets: Call ISU Ticket Office 208-282-3267

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Gary Andersen Named Utah State Head Football Coach Gary Anderson

Gary Andersen has been named Utah State University head football coach. The announcement was made Thursday, Dec. 4, by USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes. Andersen becomes the 26th head coach in 115 years of Aggie football.

“The administration, from President (Stan) Albrecht to Scott Barnes, to all the support staff, have been unbelievably professional with everything,” Andersen said. “There is an obvious commitment to continued building of the football program that can contend for a WAC Championship, and that’s the bottom line. I look forward to working with the administration in building a quality football program.”

Andersen comes to Utah State after five seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Utah, where he has helped guide the Utes to a 12-0 record this season. Utah is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings and is anticipated to receive a bid to a BCS bowl. Andersen has been a part of six bowl teams as Utah has a 7-0 bowl record since 1999, giving the Utes the nation’s second-longest bowl winning streak behind Boston College’s eight.  

“Obviously, Gary’s vast knowledge of the state of Utah coupled with his overall recruiting success will pay long-term dividends to our program. He will be focused and tireless in his approach to building and sustaining a winning program here at Utah State. We are all very excited to have Coach Andersen leading this program to the next step,” Barnes said.

Overall, Andersen spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Utah after coaching for the Utes from 1997-2002 before becoming the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and then returning to Utah in 2004.

“It’s a great opportunity and it’s been a longtime goal of mine to be a Division I head football coach. I think every football coach has a niche as to where they want be a head coach and where they belong. I feel that Utah State is a perfect fit for my niche and what I believe in,” Andersen said.  
The 44-year old Andersen replaces Brent Guy, who was fired after posting a 9-38 overall record and an 8-24 mark in Western Athletic Conference action in four seasons.

“The quality of our applicant pool was exceptional,” Barnes added. “Gary’s leadership ability, vision and plan for football success at USU are on point. He absolutely won the interview.”

Andersen was recently named a finalist for the 2008 Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football. The winner will be announced Dec. 9 in Little Rock, Ark. He was also tabbed as the No. 1 non-BCS recruiter by in 2005 and was named a top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008.  

“Utah State fits everything from a recruiting standpoint, to the student-athletes that we’ll be dealing with on a daily basis as well as from a well-rounded academic viewpoint. At the end of the day, the best way to sum that up is when you’re a head football coach, you need to look at what you need to do to be successful,” Andersen said. “Without a doubt, Utah State has all the tools needed to recruit quality student-athletes socially, academically and athletically. These tools will allow us to build a successful program and continue the success that Utah State provides not just for football but for life for our players, as well as my staff, my family and myself.”  

Andersen is the architect behind Utah’s vaunted defense this season, which has led the Utes to their second possible BCS bowl in five years after winning the 2004 Fiesta Bowl championship, capping another perfect 12-0 season and becoming the first non-BSC team to play in a BCS bowl game. This year, Utah ranks in the top 25 in the nation in seven defensive categories including 13th in scoring defense (13.2 points per game), 14th in rushing defense (104.8 yards per game) and 18th in total defense (295.9 ypg).  The Utes’ defense is also ranked 11th nationally in opponent third-down conversions (30.3 percent, 50-of-165), tied for 15th in turnover margin (+.92), and tied for 16th in opponent first downs (16.2 per game).

In each of the past three seasons, the Andersen-led Utah defense has been in the top three of the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense, including a No. 1 league ranking last year, ranking No. 5 in the NCAA.  Last season, the Utes’ defense posted the top pass efficiency defense in the country and also led the conference in pass defense, ranking No. 11 in the nation. The past two seasons, Utah has led the league in turnover margin, ranking No. 13 in the country a year ago after No. 22 in 2006.

This season, Andersen has coached defensive end Paul Kruger and cornerback Sean Smith who both have had standout seasons as Kruger is on the Ted Hendricks Award watch list, and is tied for 26th in the NCAA with 1.3 tackles for loss per game with a total of 15.5, while Smith leads the Mountain West Conference with five interceptions.

Against Utah State on Sept. 13 of this year, Andersen’s defense held the Aggies’ offense to 116 total yards, a season low, in then No. 22 Utah’s 58-10 win.

The Aggies and Utes are scheduled to meet next season before taking a two-year hiatus, only to resume the series in 2012 at Utah State.

Andersen takes over a Utah State team that posted a 3-9 overall and 3-5 WAC record in 2008, marking the first time since 2005 that the Aggies had three wins in a season. USU also won three WAC games in a season for the first time in the Aggies’ four years in the league. It is also the first time since 2003 that USU won three conference games and just the third time in the 2000’s.

First joining Utah in 1997, Andersen coached defensive tackles and strong side ends for five seasons before being elevated to assistant head coach and added special teams to his duties in 2001. He took over responsibility for the entire defensive line in 2002.  

In 2003, Andersen migrated south to become the head coach at Southern Utah, guiding the Thunderbirds to a 4-7 record and bettering their win total of the previous three seasons combined.  He turned around a program that was 102nd in the nation in the final 2002 I-AA Gridiron Power Index, which is used to determine playoff selections, into the No. 36-ranked team in his lone season.

He then returned to Utah in 2004 as the defensive line coach before taking over as the Utes’ defensive coordinator in 2005.  

During his tenure at Utah, Andersen coached 14 first-team all-conference players (three this season), including two Mountain West Conference defensive players of the year in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005 and 2006), as well as a consensus All-American in Weddle in 2006. Andersen has also coached seven players drafted in the NFL in Richard Seals, John Frank, Lauvale Sape, Sione Pouha, Jonathan Fanene, Eric Weddle and Paul Soliai, in addition to several other players who made NFL rosters as free agents.

Andersen’s coaching career began in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached for one season before going to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1989-92 as the offensive line coach. His other coaching stints include Idaho State (1992-94, defensive line), Park City HS (1994-95, head coach) and Northern Arizona (1995-96, assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams).

A 1986 graduate of Utah, Andersen earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.  He played center for Utah from 1985-86 after garnering first-team juco All-America honors in 1984 at Ricks College.

Andersen is married to the former Stacey Lambert, and they have three children: Keegan and twins Chasen and Hagen.

Andersen is expected to announce his coaching staff in the coming weeks.

Andersen’s Coaching File

2004-2008 – Utah
2005-2008 - Defensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line
2004 - Defensive Line

2003 - Southern Utah 
Head Coach

1997-2002 – Utah
2002 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line / Special Teams Coordinator
2001 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Tackles / Strong Side Ends / Special Teams Coordinator
1997-00 - Defensive Tackles / Strong Side Ends

1995-96 - Northern Arizona
1995-96 - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line / Special Teams

1994-95 - Park City HS (Utah)
Head Coach

1992-94 - Idaho State
Defensive Line

1989-92 - Ricks College
Offensive Line

1988 - Southeastern Louisiana
Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

Bowl Experience
1999 - Las Vegas Bowl - W, 17-16 vs. Fresno State
2001- Las Vegas Bowl - W, 10-6 vs. USC
2004 (2005) - Fiesta Bowl - W, 35-7 vs. Pittsburgh
2005 - Emerald Bowl - W, 38-10 vs. Georgia Tech
2006 - Armed Forces Bowl - W, 25-13 vs. Tulsa
2007 - Poinsettia Bowl - W, 35-32 vs. Navy

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Pair of Former Aggies in CFL Grey Cup Anthony Calvillo and Mark Estelle

Former Utah State quarterback legend Anthony Calvillo and former Aggie cornerback Mark Estelle led the Montreal Alouettes to this season's Canadian Football League 96th Grey Cup championship. Montreal faced the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Olympic Stadium at Montreal, Canada. The Alouettes lost to the Stampeders with a final score of 22-14 in Calgary's favor.

Calvillo, a Los Angeles, Calif., native who played at Utah State from 1992 to 1993, is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA record book for career total offense per game with 265.4 yards. He also holds the USU single-season total offense school record of 3,260 yards, set in 1993, as well as the school record of five touchdown passes in a game, which he accomplished twice.

Estelle, a native of Compton, Calif., played for the Aggies from 2001-2004. He was USU’s defensive MVP in 2003 after recording 45 tackles, five pass break-ups and two interceptions. For his Aggie career, Estelle had 99 tackles, four interceptions and 19 pass break-ups.

Calvillo is pursuing his second Grey Cup title during his storied CFL career, leading the Alouettes to the title in 2002, while Estelle is after his first CLF championship.

This season Calvillo completed a league-high 472 passes for 5,633 yards and a league-best 43 touchdowns as Montreal scored a team-record 610 points in 18 games. Those stats have put him in contention for a second Outstanding Player award, which will be announced Thursday.

Calvillo also set a single-game record with 44 completions against Hamilton on Oct. 4. For his career, Calvillo has 58,674 passing yards on 4,264 completions for 328 TD’s. He is now second only to Damon Allen, who played 23 seasons before retiring after last season, in completions and passing yards and is only six short of Ron Lancaster for second place in TD passes.

Estelle, who is in his third season with Montreal, has posted 54 tackles this season and snared one interception. For his Alloutte career, he has 101 tackles and four interceptions, one returned for a TD, as well as one fumble recovery.

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