Jarrett Anderson Named FB Tight Ends Coach

Jarrett Anderson
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I previously noted that the Baylor Football team concluded their coaching hire process with the addition of Chris Kapilovic as offensive line coach last month, but after former quarterbacks coach Shawn Bell left Waco for Houston (Bell would be moved to tight ends coach with the firing of former OC and TE coach Jeff Grimes), the Bears actually finalized their coaching roster with Jarrett Anderson tabbed as the new tight ends coach. Under Grimes’ tutelage, the Baylor TEs were utilized as often as first targets for passing attempts, resulting in successful seasons for former TEs like Ben Sims (62 catches for 616 yards and 9 TDs and 2 carries for 2 yards and 2 TDs from 2021-2022; named 2022 Coaches All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, 2022 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All-Texas Second-Team; and was the Baylor all-time record holder for career TDs by a TE with 12 scores) and Drake Dabney (59 catches for 816 yards and 7 TDs from 2021-2023). Following the firing of Grimes and departure of Bell, Baylor head coach Dave Aranda added Anderson—a leader with nearly 30 years of experience—to his coaching index.

“We are very pleased to add Jarrett to our coaching staff,” Aranda said. “Jarrett has a great understanding of football in our state and has the respect of the Texas High School Coaches Association. He brings a vast knowledge of offensive football to our staff, having coached a variety of position groups and having coordinated elite collegiate offenses. He will be an immediate asset to our talented tight-end room and our entire coaching staff.” 

Anderson coached the offensive line at UTSA in 2023 and spent the majority of his coaching tenure with TCU from 1998-2021. Last season, he assisted the Roadrunners to a 9-4, 7-1 record in the American Conference where UTSA notched their first bowl win in program history following a 35-17 victory over Marshall. From 2020-2021, Anderson coached TCU’s offensive line, guiding Horned Frog Steve Avila to All-Big 12 Conference credits. He spent 2017-2019 with the wide receivers and tight ends where he helped in the development of current Cowboys receiver KaVontae Turpin into an All-Big 12 athlete, where Turpin secured TDs through receptions, rushes, passes, punt returns, and kickoff returns in 2017 as the only player in the nation to do so in one season. Anderson coached the offensive line in 2014-2016 and he mentored numerous future NFL players like Austin Schlottmann, Aviante Collins, Joey Hunt, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Tayo Fabuluje. As the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach in 2009-2013, Anderson led TCU to various successes on offense. Anderson counseled true freshman RB B.J. Catalon in his 2012 season where he earned honorable mention notes for Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and was TCU’s leading rusher. With Anderson as co-offensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010, the Horned Frogs set single-season school records for scores, points scored, and first downs, winning 25 of 26 games and triumphing in the 2011 Rose Bowl where they defeated Wisconsin and remained perfect on the season. In 2010, according to Baylor Athletics, “Anderson helped direct TCU to single-season school marks in touchdowns (73), points scored (541), total offense (6,199 yards) and first downs (327). The Horned Frogs ranked fourth nationally in scoring (41.6 points per game), sixth in passing efficiency (166.9), 10th in rushing (247.4 yards per game) and 12th in total offense (476.9 yards per game). [Ed] Wesley ran for 1,078 yards to become TCU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2003 and he was a first-team All-Mountain West selection and one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award.” In 2009, TCU notched single-season records for points scored with 498, total offensive yards with 5,937, TDs with 65, and first downs with 311. That season, TCU ranked 5th in the country in rushing offense with 239.5 yards per game and scoring with 38.3 points per game. Anderson was the wide receivers coach from 2001-2008, and he had 3 receivers who were selected in the NFL Draft: Cory Rodgers, Adrian Madise, and LaTarence Dunbar. He also coached the likes of TCU greats Reggie Harrell, Quentily Harmon, Michael DePriest, and Jimmy Young. Anderson started his coaching tenure with TCU as an offensive line graduate assistant from 1998-2000. Prior to his experience with the Horned Frogs, Anderson coached the running backs and wide receivers at Tyler Junior College in 1997, and was a graduate assistant at New Mexico—his alma mater—in 1994.

“I am very excited to be joining Coach Aranda’s staff at Baylor,” Anderson said. “I’m appreciative to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of student-athletes and coaches. I believe in Dave’s vision for this program and am very thankful for the opportunity to contribute. Sic ‘Em!”