Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Blake Anderson, Arkansas State Head Football Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 349 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Blake Anderson was named Arkansas State’s head football coach on Dec. 19, 2013. In his initial five seasons at the helm, he has led the team to five consecutive winning seasons, five straight bowl game appearances (2018 Arizona Bowl, 2017 Camellia Bowl, 2016 Cure Bowl, 2015 New Orleans Bowl and 2014 GoDaddy Bowl) and back-to-back Sun Belt Conference championships in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to his arrival at A-State, Anderson spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina, where he helped lead the Tar Heels to an ACC Coastal Division title in 2012 and the Belk Bowl in 2013. Under Anderson’s direction, North Carolina averaged 432.4 total yards per game in 2013, after setting the school record the previous year with 485.6 yards per contest. Prior to Anderson, the Tar Heels had not averaged 400 yards in a season since 1993.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Anderson about preparing for the 2019 season, what he’s learned since becoming a head coach six years ago, where his faith began to take shape, coaching for a greater purpose, and how his wife’s battle with breast cancer has impacted his faith and finding joy in difficult circumstances.

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