Head Coach / Quarterbacks / Running Backs
Josh Anderson begins his ninth season as the head coach at Dakota State University. He guided the 2016 Trojans’ squad to their first back-to-back-to-back winning seasons since 1970's.
Dakota State had a history-breaking season in 2016, where he led the Trojans to a pair of victories against NAIA’s Top 25 teams. DSU made an appearance in the NAIA’s Football ‘Top 25’ national poll for the first time since 1998. Dakota State was in the national rankings for six consecutive weeks, ranking as high as No. 18.
Fourteen Trojans were named to North Star Football All-Conference Team in 2016. Austin Opdahl was named to NAIA Football All-American Second Team as well as the North Star Football Offensive Most Valuable Player after breaking school records in receiving. Anderson coached a pair of NAIA Football National Players-of-the-Week, which is the first time in school history that an athlete was named to offense (Jacob Giles) and defense (Cole Potter) in the same year.
In 2015, the Trojans recorded its most conference victories since 1998 after finishing in a two-way tie in the North Star Athletic Association conference standings with a 4-2 record.
Anderson's 2015 squad also saw a record-breaking season offensively and defensively, including the NSAA's conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year Ben Kullos who broke all tackles categories. DSU set a total of 12 new school records with eight new individual records and four new team records. Dakota State was in the 'Top 10' in the rushing categories.
Dakota State had 11 NSAA Football All-Conference recipients in 2015. Anderson has coached two American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)/NAIA Football All-Americans (Zac Woods in 2014 and Ben Kullos in 2015).
During Anderson’s tenure at Dakota State, he accumulated 36 All-Conference recipients. He also had six athletes become a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete for their academic success in the classroom.
Anderson was named head coach in February 2009 after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at Payson High School in Payson, Ariz. Previous to Payson, Anderson coached three seasons as head coach at Chino Valley High School in Chino Valley, Ariz. Anderson also had five years of assistant college coaching experience at North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and Wayne State College (Neb.) before starting his high school head coaching career in Arizona.
A native of Madison, S.D., Anderson played tight end for the Trojans from 1994-95, was a two-year starter and an All-Conference SDIC player. Anderson then transferred to NDSU to play a similar position from 1996-1998. He red-shirted his first year, had a back-up role his second year and was a starter his senior year with the Bison. Anderson was a member of the Bison's 1997 NCAA Division II playoff team.
Anderson earned both his bachelor's degree and master's degree from North Dakota State University. Josh and his wife, Stacy, from Arlington, S.D., have three children, Lincoln (11 years old), Rylee (9) and Bode (6). Stacy played college basketball.