The Anderson Indians tabbed Anderson native and former IHSAA state champion coach Ron Qualls to be its 23rd head football coach in the 125-year history of the program Tuesday. Coach Qualls has a career record of 95-62, all coming at Heritage Christian in Indianapolis, where he started the football program from scratch in 2002. By 2007, he had the Eagles playing for the state championship. In 2008, Heritage Christian won the 2A state championship.
Qualls has served as an assistant coach with Ball State University, Anderson University, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Westfield High School, and Peru High School. He has been named Indianapolis Colts High School Coach of the Week, and has also received Indiana and national coach of the year honors.
“This is a huge day for football in Anderson,” said Athletic Director Colin Short. “It’s no secret that through the years, our football program has struggled, and even when it has experienced some success it has often occurred in the long shadow cast by Indian Basketball. Ron Qualls is a football tour de force in Central Indiana who can change that. He brings more than just great coaching pedigree. He is a fireball of energy, leadership, and community engagement. He and his program are never overshadowed.”
Qualls will make his Tribe coaching debut August 17 at Collier Field as the Indians host Yorktown.