Dominic Anderson begins his fourth season with the Illinois State coaching staff and will continue to serve as the team's defensive assistant coach. In that role, he will assist with the Redbird secondary as well as other defensive positions for ISU.
Anderson worked directly with safety Ben Ericksen, who was named a Third-Team All-America selection by The Sports Network and the Associated Press and selected to the College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team. That same season, Ericksen earned All-MVFC First-Team honors, after he finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country in interceptions per game and led the MVFC with seven.
In his first season with the Redbirds, Anderson aided in the team's staggering defensive turnaround from 2010. The Redbird defense was ranked No. 9 in the country following the 2011 campaign, after finishing No. 112 the previous year, and the Redbird secondary improved 22 spots on the national list in pass efficiency defense. Anderson also coached the Redbird kickoff team that limited opponents to just 19 yards per return in 2011.
Anderson came to ISU after spending the 2010 season as a graduate assistant coach at Wake Forest. While serving on the Deacons' staff, Anderson worked directly with the linebackers and assisted with recruiting efforts in Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
During his playing days at Wake Forest, Anderson earned three varsity letters as a safety with the Deacons from 2001-05. After redshirting during the 2001 season, Anderson had 20 tackles from his strong safety position as a redshirt freshman in 2002. He missed the 2003 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the season opener at Boston College. He returned in 2004 and made a season-high six tackles against Miami. As a senior in 2005, Anderson had a sack and an interception in eight games.
Anderson came to Wake Forest from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Hollywood, Fla., native was an all-state running back who led his high school team to two state championships and was a high school teammate of former ISU assistant coach Dan Shula.
Anderson graduated from Wake Forest in 2006 with a degree in economics and a minor in sociology.