Oct. 18, 2011
Former all-conference wide receiver and assistant coach Norm Andersen (UCLA '76) served as honorary captain for the Bruins at their Oct. 8 game against Washington State.
Andersen was a three-year letterman for coaches Pepper Rodgers and Dick Vermeil in the mid-1970's, catching 61 passes for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns in his career. As a junior in 1974, he led the Bruins in receiving and earned first-team All-Pac-8 honors. He also played in the 1976 Rose Bowl, which UCLA won, 23-10, over top-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State.
As an assistant coach at UCLA from 1979-86 and in 1994-95, Andersen coached several outstanding receivers and running backs, including All-Americans J.J. Stokes, Kevin Jordan and Gaston Green. In addition, he tutored Bruin greats JoJo Townsell, Cormac Carney and Dokie Williams. He also coached running back Eric Ball, who ran for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the Bruins' 45-28 victory over Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl.
Andersen, who also coached at Arizona and Iowa State, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in history in 1976 and a secondary credential from the UCLA School of Education in 1978. Andersen currently teaches AP History and U.S. History at Fillmore High school. He has also served as the football coach and athletic director at Fillmore and currently coaches football at Viewpoint Middle School.
UCLABruins.com's Ralph Irvin caught up with Andersen on the field during the UCLA-Washington State game.