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Josh Anderson enters his tenth season as the head coach at Dakota State University. He guided the 2017 Trojans’ squad to their first four-consecutive winning seasons since 1970's.
Dakota State had a historic record-breaking season in 2017, where the Trojans finished with an overall record of 8-3 (the most wins since 1998). The Trojans also finished their North Star Athletic Association conference with a 6-2 record, the most North Star conference victories since joining the conference in 2013-14. DSU finished the season with a No. 23 ranking in the final NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 national poll.
Sixteen (16) DSU athletes were named to NSAA Football All-Conference Team after finishing second in the conference in 2017. The Trojans established numerous school records, where Anderson currently holds the most coaching wins by any DSU Football head coaches. A total of 29 new school records were established during the season.
Jacob Giles was named to the 2017 North Star Football offensive Most Valuable Player after setting numerous passing school records in program history. Curt Boeke was named to the AFCA-NAIA Football Second Team All-America after leading the conference and team in total tackles and quarterback sacks.
Anderson and his 2016 squad produced 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 four American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)/NAIA Football All-Americans (Zac Woods in 2014, Ben Kullos in 2015, Austin Opdahl in 2016 and Curt Boeke in 2017).
During Anderson’s tenure at Dakota State, he accumulated 44 All-Conference recipients. He also had seven (7) 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 (12 years old), Rylee (10) and Bode (7). Stacy played college basketball.