Head Coach Jay Anderson, is entering his seventh year as the head football coach at Buena Vista. Prior to taking over the reigns in 2006, he spent six seasons as the team's offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
While calling the plays as offensive coordinator for Buena Vista, Anderson coached nine all-conference offensive players. The athletes who have played under him have set 18 offensive school records.
Anderson, who was tabbed Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 after guiding the Beavers to a 7-3 record, has been at the University for the past 13 seasons. Before taking over as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2000, he was a graduate assistant coach from 1997-1999 and worked with the defensive backs and wide receivers.
Prior to joining the Buena Vista staff, Anderson was an assistant coach at Simpson College during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He was the coordinator of the passing game for the 1996 team that went 10-0 during the regular season.
A native of St. Charles, Iowa, Anderson is a graduate of Interstate 35 High School in Truro. He then graduated with a degree in elementary education from Drake University where he was a two-time letter winner on the football team. Anderson went on to earn a master's degree in educational administration at Buena Vista.
Anderson is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Iowa Football Coaches Association. He and his wife, Chelle, live in Storm Lake with their daughter, Hailey, and son, Brennen.
Larry Anderson begins his 16th season as defensive coordinator for the Beavers, while also serving as the assistant head coach. While managing the "Beaver D", he has coached 40 all-conference defenders, including 24 over the past eight years alone.
Under his direction, the Beavers have ranked in the top-three in the IIAC in scoring defense in four of the last five seasons, while ranking in the top-three in three of the last four years in rushing defense. He has also seen several of his defenders rank near the top in numerous categories in Division III statistics during his tenure.
Anderson is a graduate of Yankton College in Yankton, S.D., where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball. Anderson was athletic director at I-35 High School and was an assistant football coach at Drake University for 10 seasons. At Drake, Anderson was the defensive line coach, and his squads were ranked in the top 10 in several categories in Division I-AA statistics.
Also a member of the AFCA, he and his wife, Ann, live in Storm Lake. They have two sons, Jeff, and Jay, who is BVU's head football coach; and one daughter, Robyn.
Adam Bisenius begins his eighth season coaching the offensive line at Buena Vista, while also serving as the team's co-recruiting coordinator. He has coached four all-conference lineman during his tenure.
Bisenius graduated from BVU in 1999 where he was a four-year letterwinner in football. Bisenius was the defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Galva-Holstein High School for six seasons before returning to his alma mater. He was named the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003.
Before joining the Beaver staff full-time in 2006, he taught middle school science at Galva-Holstein and was also the school's head boys basketball coach during his six-year tenure. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Holstein with their three sons, Brody, Brock and Brayden.
Austin Dickinson joins the Beaver football coaching staff in 2012 and will help coach the offensive line. In addition to his coaching duties, he will also serve as the athletic department’s equipment manager.
Dickinson was a four-year letterwinner while playing defensive tackle for Coach Anderson and the Beavers from 2006-09, registering 123 total tackles, including 14 for a loss. He tallied a career-high 45 stops as a senior, while chalking up a career-best 6.5 for a loss as a junior when the team finished 7-3 overall.
After graduating in the spring of 2010 with a degree in sports management, Dickinson went on to serve two years as an assistant with the Minot State University program, working with the offensive line and tight ends.
Austin, a native of Woodbine, and his wife, Whitney, reside in Storm Lake.
Jered Kruse is entering his eighth season at Buena Vista and is in charge of the defensive backs, while also serving as the program's co-recruiting coordinator.
BVU has 24 interceptions over the last two seasons, while the team's overall pass defensive ranked fourth in the Iowa Conference in 2011 after ranking eighth in 2010.
Before joining the staff, Kruse spent two years as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University with the defensive backfield and was the football Co-Head Strength Coach. While at SCSU, the team won the North Central Conference title in 2002, posted a 16-6 record over two years, and set over 20 team and individual records.
A 2002 graduate of Wartburg College, Kruse lettered in football and was a part of a conference championship team. While at Wartburg, the team compiled a 36-5 record, advanced to the playoffs, and was rated third in the nation on defense. Kruse has a degree in fitness management with a minor in business from Wartburg as well as a master's degree in sports management from St. Cloud State.
Kruse is married to BVU assistant softball coach, Katie Kruse, and the couple resides in Alta with son Madden.
Dave Larson has been an assistant at Buena Vista since 1996 and has coached many of the league's top receivers during that span. This season he will again coach the Beaver running backs.
Larson was head football coach at South O'Brien from 1988-96. He had a 54-18 record as head coach and was named Northwest Iowa Coach of the Year by NW Iowa Review newspaper for the years 1988, 1989, and 1992. Larson led the club to an undefeated regular season in 1992.
Larson is a 1975 graduate of Dana College in Blair, Neb. At Dana, he was an honor athlete, team captain, and MVP named to the All-Lutheran Team as a senior. He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Morningside College and his master's degree in administration from Buena Vista.
Larson is an elementary and middle school guidance counselor at the Storm Lake Middle School. He and his wife, Marjorie, have three children: daughter Jessica, and twin sons, Jon and Taylor, who both played football for four years at BVU.
Al Pierce begins his 10th season at Buena Vista and is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach where BVU has had at least one individual ranked in the top-10 among all Iowa Conference receivers in receiving yards/game.
Prior to his switch to receivers, he spent the previous six years as the team's linebackers coach. During that time, he coached former BVU linebacker Michael Irvin, who earned All-America honors in 2004 and who was among the nation's leaders in tackles each of Pierce's first two seasons with BVU. He also had the opportunity to coach his son Cody, who graduated in 2007 following a career in which he was a two-time all-conference selection, while leading the team in tackles each of those seasons.
Before arriving at BVU, Pierce spent six years as head coach at Spencer High School, after coaching 18 years at Laurens-Marathon/Northwest. Pierce won 125 games as a high school coach, winning conference or district championships in classes 3A, 2A, and A, and winning the State Class A title in 1989 at Laurens-Marathon. He was selected Iowa Class A State Coach of the Year in 1990 and was an assistant coach in the 2002 Iowa Shrine game.
Pierce is a 1974 graduate of Buena Vista and is now a retired high school physical education instructor. He and his wife, Carol, live in Spencer and have two sons, Clinton and Cody.
Nick Schumacher is in his seventh year on the Buena Vista coaching staff and coaches the defensive line. A 2000 graduate of Buena Vista, Schumacher played three seasons for the Beavers.
Schumacher has instructed a defensive line unit which has helped the team rank in the top-four of the league in rush defensive in each of the last four years, while also sitting in the top-half in quarterback sacks. The team has had three all-conference selections from the line over the past three seasons.
Schumacher taught science at Schaller-Crestland High School in Early and was also the head girls track coach. Prior to arriving at Schaller-Crestland, he was an assistant football coach at Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton.
Schumacher holds a masters degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University and currently owns his own property investing company. He and his wife Amy live in Early with their two daughters, Sophia and Claire.