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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.