Lance Anderson is in his seventh season on the Stanford staff and fourth campaign working with the outside linebackers. Anderson previously worked with the defensive tackles from 2007-09.
In addition to his on-field responsibilities, Anderson serves as the program's liaison to the Stanford admissions office.
Anderson's work with Stanford's outside linebackers has helped shape the Cardinal into one of the Pac-12 Conference's top defensive units.
The 2012 defensive unit paved the way to a historic defensive output in 2012, breaking Stanford's single-season sacks record (57) and pacing the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.21), total defense (336.21), rushing defense (97.0), sacks (4.07) and tackles for loss (9.00). The Cardinal went on to win the Pac-12 title and claimed its first Rose Bowl crown in over 40 years.
In 2011, outside linebacker Chase Thomas earned Sporting News All-America honors after leading the conference in tackles-for-loss and ranked second in sacks. Trent Murphy finished among the team's top-10 tackle leaders with 40, including 6.5 sacks among his 10.0 tackles for loss.
Thomas signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.
After his 2010 run on The Farm, Thomas Keiser signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent and finished with 13 tackles - including four sacks - in eight games as a rookie in 2011.
As Stanford's recruiting coordinator from 2007-11, Anderson played an instrumental role in landing four consecutive nationally acclaimed recruiting classes that were ranked in the top-25 by various scouting services.
The 2012 Stanford signing class was ranked fifth nationally by Rivals.com and sixth-best by Scout.com.
Anderson came to Stanford from San Diego in January of 2007 after spending two seasons working with the Toreros under former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Anderson was San Diego's recruiting coordinator and coached the defensive line. He was a major contributor to guiding the Toreros to 11-1 records in both 2005 and 2006 and winning back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national championships.
Prior to joining Harbaugh in San Diego, Anderson had coached at Utah State, Saint Mary's College, Bucknell and Idaho State.
Anderson was the outside linebackers coach at Utah State in 2004 and assisted with all special teams for an Aggies' squad that was first in the nation in punt returns, 21st in kickoff returns and 28th in net punting.
Anderson spent the 2003 season in the Bay Area as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Saint Mary's College. Under his guidance, the Gaels had four defensive players chosen to the I-AA Independent All-Star team, one of whom was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Safety Weston Borba was a First Team I-AA selection, linebackers Ray Mike and Heath Villarreal were second team picks, and linebacker Anthony Woodards earned honorable mention recognition.
Anderson worked at Bucknell for four seasons (1999-2002), coaching the defensive line and serving as recruiting coordinator in 2001 and 2002. Anderson was the tight ends coach and assisted with the offensive line in 1999 and 2000. Anderson produced a two-time first team I-AA All-America defensive lineman and five of his pupils received all-league recognition.
Bucknell's defense led the Patriot League in total defense in 2001 and 2002 and finished fifth nationally in total defense in 2001.
In 1999, Anderson coached running backs for one season for the Mobile Admirals of the Regional Football League. The Admirals won the league championship while one of his players led the league in rushing and was named league MVP. Anderson also produced an all-league tight end for Mobile.
A native of Rupert, Idaho, Anderson began his coaching career in 1997 at his alma mater, Idaho State. He spent two seasons with the Bengals (1997-98).
Anderson was a three-sport athlete at Idaho's Minico High School, where he participated in football, baseball and track. After serving a church mission, Anderson was a walk-on at Idaho State where he played linebacker in 1993 and 1994.
Anderson earned a bachelor's degree from Idaho State in 1996.
Lance and his wife, Sherri, reside in Menlo Park with their three children - Aubrey, Jaren and Braden.