PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Director of Soccer and Men’s Head Coach Andrew Chapman is now a head coach for two programs.
The 11-year veteran NWAACC coach recently accepted the position as head coach for the Kitsap Pumas, a professional soccer team in Kitsap County.
“This is a big honor to be asked to coach the Pumas,” Chapman said in a press release on the Kitsap SC web site. “(Owner) Robin Waite has tremendous faith in me and the great coaching staff we have assembled.
“Being born and raised in Bremerton, it is fantastic to be able to coach this team,” he continued. “We have a lot of enthusiastic people willing to help and some great ideas already in the works about how to move forward.”
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program has become a “Pirate Pipeline” to high level national university soccer.
A crowd of soccer players, coaches and parents filled the College’s Cornaby Center annex Wednesday, National Letter of Intent Day, officially signing letters committing to colleges and universities from Alaska to Alabama and from Texas to Connecticut.
“It’s a credit to our coaching staff, to the hard work of our student athletes, and to all those who support them here at Peninsula and in our community,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Kanyon Anderson, and their staffs do a terrific job preparing their players to play at the university level. That’s one of the reasons they are so successful recruiting talented players. It’s no secret that our graduates are having tremendous success at the next level.”
PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College sophomore forward Alex Martinez was named the Baden Soccer Player of the Year for 2013, as announced recently by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Martinez, of Reno, Nevada, put together an MVP season this year, leading the NWAACC in goals with 28, including the game-winner in the 87th minute to propel the Pirates to a 1-0 win over Clark in the championship match. Ironically, it was Martinez who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Walla Walla in the final minutes of the 2012 NWAACC Championship.
Those 28 goals, along with 21 he scored in Peninsula’s 2012 NWAACC championship season, gave him 49 for his career, tying the all-time Peninsula College career scoring mark set by Miguel Gonzalez in 2011.
Martinez also contributed 10 assists this season, finishing with 23 for his career. He was named the West Division MVP as well as the NWAACC Championship MVP. He is a two-time West Region All-Star.