By Greg Mast
One of the University of Ottawa’s most exciting athletes and former soccer coach comes home.
Clarence Anderson has joined the Braves football staff as the program’s co-offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Anderson will also coach the Ottawa receivers.
“We’re excited to bring Clarence back home to Ottawa,” said Nick Davis, Ottawa head coach. “He was a great player for us and has become an even better football coach.”
Anderson spent the last three years (2020-2023) as an assistant for the NCAA Div. II William Jewell. Anderson was the passing play coordinator, special teams coordinator, and receiver coach for the Cardinals. Anderson planned the Cardinal Passing Game and planned and organized all Cardinal Special Teams.
“I’m very honored and excited to be back at OU where it all began,” said Anderson. “OU is a place I’ve called home since I first stepped onto campus in 2008. I firmly believe in the direction and vision of Coach Davis and the Braves football program and am ready to get to work.”
Anderson was the graduate assistant coach for the Ottawa football program from 2016-2018, where he was receiver coach, video coordinator and recruiter. He scouted opponents and created practice schedules and game schedules.
Anderson was an All-American for the Ottawa football and track teams. He is one of the most decorated athletes to ever wear black and gold. He was a four-year-old letterwinner in soccer and track and field. Anderson finished his football career with 279 receptions for 4,329 yards and 49 touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards per reception, 7.2 receptions per game and 111 yards per game. Anderson had 6,799 all-purpose yards (73 rushing, 4,329 received, 635 punt returns, 343 kick returns). He averaged 174.3 all-purpose yards per game.
Anderson is in the top 10 in the Ottawa record book with 24 school records. He was the first Brave to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving yards, was a three-time first-team All-KCAC selection at receiver, twice was an AFCA First Team All-American, was twice a Sporting News Preseason NAIA All-American appointed. American, was a Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Preseason NAIA All-American and was designated a DII vs. NAIA Senior Bowl Preseason NAIA All-American.
Anderson helped the Braves to two KCAC championships (2009, 2011), a NAIA Football Championship Series win in 2009, and three NAIA Football Championship Series appearances (2009, 2010, 2011).
On the track, Anderson holds three indoor and four outdoor school records and was a 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field All-American in the 400-meter relay and the 200. Anderson was a 10-time All-KCAC fighter and nine-time KCAC champion on the outdoor track and a two-time indoor All-KCAC performer and a two-time KCAC champion.
His coaching stints also included a stint with Bethany (2018-20) where he was passing play coordinator. He coached and mentored quarterbacks, receivers, punt and kick returners. Anderson also planned passing play routes and plays. Anderson played professionally for the Arena Football Association’s Wichita Force in Wichita, where he served as a starting receiver, return specialist, and receiver coach. He was named multiple Player of the Week and helped the squad win the 2016 Champions Indoor Football (CIF) Championship.
He also played for the Warsaw Eagles in the Polish Football League and was a receiver, return specialist and receiver coach. He was named Returner of the Year in 2013 and 2014, served as an American Football Ambassador to a Foreign Country, and his 75-yard punt return for a touchdown was featured as a play in ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Play/Player of the Day.
Anderson was inducted into the Kansas Pro Indoor Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and will be inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2023.
Anderson graduated from Ottawa University in December 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Recreation. In May 2021 he earned his Masters in Education in Ottawa with a focus on curriculum and instruction.