Press Box

December8, 2005


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Northern Michigan University alumnus Bernie Anderson was named the 20thWildcat football coach today (Dec. 8), according to NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Godfreysaid the details of a two-year contract are being finalized, and that Anderson will be officially introduced to the community as Northernâ€Â™s coach at 4:15 p.m.this afternoon (Dec. 8) in room B101 of the Superior Dome.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Anderson, 50, comes to NMU from Michigan Technological University where he has been thehead coach of the MTU football program for the past 19 years. He is MTUâ€Â™sall-time winningest gridiron mentor with 93 wins.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Andersonled the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA playoff tournament in 2004, and his1999 and 2004 squads both completed the season rated among the Top 10 teams inNCAA Division II rankings. This past year, Michigan Tech was 6-3 in the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  â€ÂœIhave been very happy during my tenure at Michigan Tech, but rebuilding the NMUprogram holds a special appeal for me as an alum and as a native of (nearby)Ishpeming,â€Â said Anderson. â€ÂœMichigan Tech has been great to me, but I feel thatif Iâ€Â™m ever going to make a career change, now is the time. The NMU position isone of few that would motivate me to leave Tech.â€Â

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Godfreysaid that Anderson was a late official applicant, but was someone who had beendiscussed as a potential candidate since the beginning of the search.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  â€ÂœWeâ€Â™revery pleased to announce Bernie Anderson as our head football coach,â€Â saidGodfrey. â€ÂœSome may say that NMU recruited Bernie away from Tech, but in realitythis is a homecoming and a matter of timing. Bernie has always stayed in touchwith the NMU program â€Â“ even more so in the last year since his son Brad came toplay here  â€Â“ and Bernie is ready for a new challenge. He is an experienced,successful, and well respected coach. He also understands NMUâ€Â™s strong footballtradition, and he is someone we believe can lead us back to the level of playwe are committed to as an institution.â€Â

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Asa prep player, Anderson was a standout in football, track and wrestling at Ishpeming High School. In wrestling, he was a three-time Upper Peninsula champion whocompiled a 78-5-1 record. He was also a two-time all-conference footballplayer.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Asan NMU collegian, Anderson earned NCAA All-America honors as a Wildcat wrestlerin the 132-pound weight division in 1976. He was 72-30-2 during his four-yearcareer.

He graduated from Northern in 1978 with a bachelorâ€Â™sdegree in secondary education. In 1984, he completed a masterâ€Â™s degree at NMU.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Followinggraduation of his undergraduate degree, Anderson began a teaching career at hisprep alma mater where he was served as defensive coordinator for a footballprogram that went 11-1 and won the 1979 Michigan State High SchoolChampionship.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Hethen was head coach at Three Lakes, (Wis.) High School where he posted a 25-8mark. His 1982 squad went 13-1 and was the Wisconsin State High School playoff runner-up.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Anderson began his collegiate coaching career in 1983 as an assistant at Western Michigan University. In 1984, he joined the MTU staff in the same capacity. Threeyears later, he was named the Huskiesâ€Â™ head coach.

 Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Andersonand wife, Vikki, have five children: Brook Spindler (25; husband Brad), Brad(22), Vanessa (20), Benjamin (12), and Bailey (7).  Vikki attended and playedbasketball at NMU.



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Dave Faiella
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