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Tony Annese Hired as New FSU Head Football Coach

Ferris introduces new head coach with high hopes for next season

by Published: Dec 24, 2011

Ferris State University ended their nationwide search for a head coach Dec. 22 by appointing Tony Annese as head coach of the Bulldogs football program.

After compiling a 30–4 record over three years as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Community College football program, Annese will replace former Ferris coach Jeff Pierce as head coach for Ferris in 2012.

During his three years at GRCC, Annese led the Raiders to two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championships, one in 2009 and one in 2011.

Annese’s last season with the GRCC program featured an undefeated record of 11–0. The Raiders averaged 50 points and 510 yards a game during 2011. Annese led the Raiders to a compiled score of 500 points during 2011, while his team limited their opponents to 174 total points allowed in the entire season.

Annese was named the NJCAA Regional Coach of the Year three seasons in a row.

The Raiders football program finished among the nation’s top ten for three consecutive years with Annese at the helm. In 2010, GRCC led the nation in total offense. While in 2009 and 2011, the Raiders were among the nations top ten in total scoring offense.

Annese’s duties at GRCC included recruiting, player development, academic support, and more.

Prior to Annese’s college experience, he has spent 22 years as a high school football coach in Michigan and compiled a 195–41 record at the prep level. Annese coached at Montrose, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jenison, and Muskegon High Schools. He made 15 playoff appearances, which includes five trips to the state semi-finals and three state championships.

In total, Annese sports a 225–45 record as a head coach at the high school and junior college levels. Annese has never coached at the Division II level.

Annese will be faced with the challenge of turning around a Bulldog program that went 23–41 against in-state league opponents during the last 10 years. Ferris has failed to finish more than once in the top three of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings in the last 10 years.