BUENA VISTA, Va. Southern Virginia University athletic director Tom Longenecker has announced that former BYU football star Tyler Anderson has been named an assistant football coach, the director of athletic retention and the head men's and women's track coach at the school.
Anderson comes to Buena Vista from Harmony High School in Harmony, Fla., where he was the head football coach.
"Tyler is a great addition to our coaching staff," head football coach Mike Smith (former head coach at Dixie and Copper Hills High Schools) said. "His experience as both a player and coach will be valuable to helping us move forward. His work with the quarterbacks and receivers should make us much better."
"I'm excited about the opportunities that Southern Virginia can provide for me," Anderson said. "I see this as a great opportunity to move forward in my career."
In 2007, Anderson took Harmony High to the regional finals and his top receiver signed a national letter of intent to play for BYU. Anderson began coaching at Harmony in 2004.
Prior to coaching at Harmony, Anderson was the head coach at Tooele High School in Utah from 2000-2003. In 2002, he guided the Buffaloes to the 3A state title game, where Tooele defeated Wasatch High for the championship.
While at Harmony and Tooele, Anderson also taught physical education, health and weight lifting and instituted study halls for the football team.
From 1998-2000, Anderson was the receivers coach at Southern Utah University and from 1996-1998 he was an assistant coach at Orem High School. Anderson was also an assistant track coach at Orem and Tooele High Schools.
"It's great to have Tyler on board," Longenecker said. "He brings a lot of experience to the table, and we feel he'll make a difference in our football and track programs as well as helping all of our athletes progress towards graduation."
Anderson graduated from BYU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He played football for the Cougars from 1991-1993 as a receiver and kick returner. For his career, Anderson totaled 53 receptions for 1,020 yards (19.5 yards per reception) and scored 12 touchdowns. In the 1991 Holiday Bowl, Anderson caught a touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.
Anderson's best season was in 1993, when he had 25 receptions for 410 yards, had 683 kickoff return yards and scored six touchdowns. That season BYU tied for the WAC title and played Ohio State in the Holiday Bowl, where Anderson returned five kicks for 145 yards.
Prior to playing at BYU, Anderson starred at Orem High School, where he earned all-state honors and helped the Tigers win the state title in 1987. Anderson also ran track at Orem High and at BYU. At Orem, he was a state champion in the 400 meters and at one time held the state records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
Anderson served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Baton Rouge, La. Anderson and his wife, Erika, have five children Duce, Jeff, Avery, Josie and Tee.