Blake Anderson leaving A-State for Utah State University
JONESBORO, Ark- After seven years at A-State, Blake Anderson heading west, is packing his bags, and leaving for Utah State University.
The emotional announcement coming from Athletic Director Terry Mohajir who announced Offensive Coordinator Keith Heckendorf will be serve the interim head coach.
“He poured out his heart to the players and truly told them exactly how they felt. He loves them,” says Mohajir. “This is not a professional decision at all. This is a personal decision that he felt like he needed to do.”
The announcement comes just over a year after Anderson’s wife died of breast cancer.
Mohajir saying, “we could tell there were struggles going on there.”
Mohajir says he’s known about the possibility of Anderson leaving for a month now.
During his time at A-State Anderson took the red wolves to six bowl games and won two Sun Belt Conference championships.
One student says she’s sad to see him leave.
“I love Coach Anderson, and I’m very excited to see what he’s gonna do at Utah States,” says Carly Wood. “Yes, I’m sad he left A-State, but I know he’s gonna do bigger and better things”
A-State will lower Andersons buyout to help with an easier transition, which he will be active in.
Mohajir saying it was the right thing to do to help him through this process.
He explains what he told players after they found out.
“In order to learn how to deal with change, in order to learn how to deal with change, you must go through it,” says Mohajir.
While the national search for a new coach is underway, Mohajir says he believes A-State’s culture will appeal to candidates.
“We will have a lot of good candidates for this job because of the way we treat our coaches and the way we treat- the culture we have and the way we treat our staff,” he says.
The search committee will include A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, A-State System President Chuck Welch and Mohajir.