PORT ANGELES - The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirate soccer teams will take to the pitch one time this year at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, sponsored by High Energy Metals, coming up Saturday at Sigmar Field.
The Pirates will host men’s and women’s teams representing the Olympic Force and the Seattle Stars, for a full slate of matches, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Admission for a day of soccer is $5.
Although the matches are all exhibition, it will mark the collegiate head coaching debut of Jake Hughes, who was recently hired to take the helm of the Pirate men’s team.
“The rumble is a great way for our program to prepare our sophomore players to move on, and our incoming players to regain some sharpness for the upcoming season,” Hughes said. “It will be an exciting and challenging event against two good teams.”
Saturday’s Rumble will also be the first action for veteran coach Kanyon Anderson since winning his third Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title in November.
“We are excited to continue this cool tradition against two really good teams,” Anderson said. “ I am also happy to be able to highlight the awesome facilities at Peninsula and have a soccer celebration for our fans each spring.”
The Olympic Force Soccer Club, based in Bremerton, represents players from the Kitsap Peninsula and surrounding areas. It’s roster includes players who are preparing to start college, players who are in college, and players who have completed their collegiate playing careers and are looking to play at a high level. The women’s team, coached by Jason Jarrett, plays in the Northwest Premier League and the men’s team, under the direction of coach Steve Cashmore, plays in the Evergreen Premier League.
The Seattle Stars, based in King County, were founded in 2011 and have a similar make-up of players as the Olympic Force. The women’s team, coached by Chris Wells, and men’s team, coached by Omar Lara, also play in the same leagues as the Force.
PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s nationally-ranked men’s soccer program may have a European feel next fall.
The College named Jake Hughes, formerly of London, England, as its’ new head men’s soccer coach.
Hughes takes over following the late-January resignation of Cale Rodriguez, who left for a coaching job at Cal State Irvine.
“It's a great honor to be named the head men's soccer coach at Peninsula College, a program that is truly special and a program that I owe a great deal to,” Hughes said. “I would like to thank Dr. Robins, Jack Huls, Rick Ross, Kanyon Anderson, Cale Rodriguez, and Tim Tucker for the opportunity to guide the Pirates into the next season. The support and dedication I have received is incredible and it speaks volumes about the quality of our program.”
Hughes won the job following a seven-week national search.
“It was a very competitive field of applicants,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “We had 34 applications from coaches whose experience ranged from high school to college to professional, and from 19 states and three countries. There were some high powered coaches in the mix, including one with a national championship to his name, but it comes down to the right fit for our program, and that fit is Jake Hughes.”
“I am convinced that Jake has the passion, work ethic and experience to not only win more championships for Peninsula College, but also to recruit student athletes who will represent us well on and off the field,” Ross added. “As our interim coach this last month, the first player he signed is an outstanding young man from Port Angeles in Jesse Salgado. He’s also recruiting players from all over the west coast. Jake knows our program, he knows the NWAC, he knows the College, and he demonstrated to our committee, and our administration, that he not only really wants the job, but that he really wants to coach the players in our program, and that he really wants to live in our community.”
PORT ANGELES – The powerhouse men’s soccer program at Peninsula College, winners of eight straight league championships and four of the last seven Northwest Athletic Conference titles, is looking for a new head coach.
Following a brief but very successful two-year stint at Peninsula College, head coach Cale Rodriguez has accepted an assistant coaching position at University of California Irvine, a Division I program located near Rodriguez’s home town of Redlands.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to continue my coaching career at University of California, Irvine,” Rodriguez said in an e-mail to the campus community. “For me, the most important part in my decision to come to the college was to know that the college was committed to athletics from all avenues. While there were many successes on the field, what people don't see and know about is the hard work, dedication, time and energy that the many people at the college from faculty, admin, foundation and general employees have invested into our students. I have met a lot of good people that share the same passion I have in helping young people achieve and pursue education. And it's the people at the college that make Peninsula truly a special place.”
Rodriguez, who was named North Division Coach of the Year last fall, won league titles both seasons and captured the Northwest Athletic Conference championship in 2015.
“Cale did an outstanding job for us and we wish him all the best as he continues his coaching career at the Division I level,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life.