Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has received a restructured contract extension that runs through 2023, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Friday.
“Due to our unprecedented FBS success under a head coach with Blake’s tenure, we started the process before the 2019 season to extend his contract,” said Mohajir. “During this process, it gave us an opportunity to restructure his contract as well to be more beneficial for all parties. We believe this strengthens the continuity for our emerging football brand with Blake serving as a strong leader for our young guys in their athletics and academic pursuits. He has been very instrumental in our development of lettermen who go on to be great alumni representing Arkansas State University so well.”
Anderson was named Arkansas State’s 30th all-time head football coach on Dec. 29, 2013, and since that time has led the Red Wolves to a pair of Sun Belt Conference titles and six consecutive bowl-game appearances. He is one of just two active Group of Five head coaches in the nation to lead their programs to at least two conference championships and six bowl games since 2014.
In addition to the 2015 and 2016 Sun Belt titles, Anderson guided the Red Wolves to a tie for first place in the league’s West Division in 2018. The Red Wolves have won 36 Sun Belt games during Anderson’s watch, which are the second most ever by any of the league’s all-time head coaches.
The Hubbard, Texas, native is the only head football coach in school history to lead the program to at least 47 victories in his first six seasons. Additionally, he is one of just three head coaches at A-State to direct the program to 47 or more wins in 76 or fewer games.
“While everyone knows the success that Coach Anderson has had on the field, I have always been more impressed by how he mentors both his student-athletes and his staff,” said Arkansas State University Chancellor Kelly Damphousse. “I know that our fans and our hometown of Jonesboro love his accessibility and approach to coaching. I am glad to know that Blake will continue leading our football program.