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Long Names Andy Ludwig Aztecs' Offensive Coordinator

Andy Ludwig is SDSU's new offensive coordinator.
Andy Ludwig is SDSU's new offensive coordinator.

Jan. 25, 2011

SAN DIEGO - Andy Ludwig, a finalist for the 2008 FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year and 2001 finalist for the Frank Boyles Assistant Coach of the Year award, has been named offensive coordinator at San Diego State, Aztec head coach Rocky Long announced Tuesday.

Ludwig has 16 years of service as an offensive coordinator at the NCAA level and 24 years of coaching experience overall. His teams have been to 11 bowl games with five bids over the past six campaigns.

"Coach Ludwig has a wealth of experience as an offensive coordinator at some of the top programs around the country," Long said. "He has done a tremendous job developing quarterbacks and offenses throughout his coaching career, and I expect him to continue that success here at San Diego State."

Ludwig spent the past two seasons at California as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, where he led the Golden Bear offense to a trio of 50-point games in 2010, the first time Cal had done that since 2003. California converted 33-of-37 opportunities inside the red zone a year ago, the highest percentage (89.2 percent) in the Pac-10. Listed by Rivals.com as the No. 4 offensive coach during a 2009 preseason poll, Ludwig also helped the Bears break a school record for the fewest turnovers (17) in a season.

Prior to his stay at Cal, Ludwig served as the offensive coordinator at Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01), Cal Poly (1997) and Augustana (1993-94). Some of his prominent quarterback pupils include Heisman Trophy finalist and 2002 NFL Draft No. 1 pick David Carr, as well as current NFL players Kellen Clemens and Billy Volek.

Ludwig helped Utah go to four consecutive bowl games, including a 2008 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama as the Utes finished 13-0 with a No. 2 final national ranking. That season, Utah put up 36.92 points per game, which led the Mountain West Conference and ranked 23rd in the nation. In 2005, the Utes led the MWC in total offense and ranked 12th nationally at 473.0 yards per game.

The Ogden, Utah, native was a 2001 Frank Broyles Award finalist after Fresno State finished fourth in the nation in both scoring (40.00 ppg) and total offense (501.57 ypg). The Bulldogs also became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season.

Besides his offensive coordinator experience, Ludwig has spent time at Boise State (quarterbacks coach, 1995-96), Utah (defensive graduate assistant, 1992), Idaho State (quarterbacks/receivers, 1989-91) and Portland State (receivers, 1987-88).

Ludwig played two seasons as a wide receiver at Snow College in Utah (1982-83) before earning a pair of letters at Portland State (1985-86), where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in exercise science.

Ludwig and his wife, Jill, have a son and a daughter.