College football coach called as Mormon bishop

An assistant college football coach has been called to serve as the leader of a congregation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Louisiana.

Justin Anderson, 35, a wide receivers coach at Nicholls State University since 2010, will serve as the bishop of an LDS ward in the Houma-Thibodaux area.

Nicholls State University assistant football coach Justin Anderson (center) was called to serve as bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Houma-Thibodaux (La.) area on April 21. Also pictured are church counselors Richard Stock (left) and James Simmons.

Nicholls State University assistant football coach Justin Anderson (center) was called to serve as bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Houma-Thibodaux (La.) area on April 21. Also pictured are church counselors Richard Stock (left) and James Simmons. (Houmatoday.com)

The former BYU receiver told Brent St. Germain, sports editor of Houmatoday.com, that he will continue in his duties with the Colonels while fulfilling his church leadership duties.

“For me, my faith is very important, and when I was asked to do this, it was important for me to accept it,” Anderson told Houmatoday.com. “I’m excited for the experience it will bring.”

Nicholls head football coach Charlie Stubbs said voiced his support for Anderson in the same article.

“Justin has his priorities in order,” said Stubbs, also a member of the LDS Church. “He loves serving others, which is what this position is all about. He is a great role model for others. You want the coaches you work with to set a great example, and he really does with his leadership.”

Anderson and his wife, Anne, are the parents of four daughters, according to his Nicholls State bio.

To read more about Anderson and his new call, visit www.houmatoday.com.

 

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