PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program made history in 2013, and they hope to write the next chapter of that Northwest Athletic Conference history book when the 2014 season opens Tuesday with two teams united under one concept - and one head coach.
The players wear practice gear with a motto on their shoulders that reads: “strength through unity.”
The 2014 Pirates will be unified in their goal to win another championship - and both teams will be playing under the direction of head coach Kanyon Anderson, following the departure of men’s head coach Andrew Chapman in July.
“I wouldn’t have taken the position if I didn’t have a lot of support from my coaching staff,” Anderson said. “They know the system and know what is needed to be successful.”
That coaching staff includes Tim Tucker, Omar Anderson and Amanda Anderson, Kanyon’s wife. All of them are veterans of the Pirate soccer program and all have contributed to five NWAC championships and seven West Division titles, between the men’s and women’s teams, in the last four years.
“Both teams have the NWAC title as their goal,” Anderson said. “That is never easy and I think both teams are doing a good job of approaching it day by day.”
The Pirates, who last fall became the first college in NWAC history to win men’s and women’s back-to-back soccer titles, open their season at The NWAC Friendlies, a 48-team tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women open against perennial South Division power Clackamas at 10:30 on Tuesday and the men then play 2011 NWAC champion Chemeketa at 2:30. On Wednesday, the PC women and men play perennial playoff contender Spokane in both games, at 10:30 and 12:30.
PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman is stepping out of coaching for a year.
On the heels of back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the NWAC’s senior men’s soccer coach, who started his career at Peninsula in 2003, is taking a year off to pursue a professional development opportunity at Custom College Recruiting in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Peninsula has named Kanyon Anderson to serve as head coach for both teams this fall, said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. Anderson started his career as an assistant men’s coach in 2005 and was named women’s head coach in 2010.
PORT ANGELES – The two-time defending NWAACC champion Peninsula College women’s soccer team is reloading for 2014 with a list of 14 talented recruits representing five states.
“We have some incredible talent coming in for 2014,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “I think what defines this particular recruiting class is versatility, coachability and maturity. Each player can play a variety of positions, they are willing to work hard, and they all approach school, life and soccer in a way that should make them great additions to the soccer program and to the community.”
Anderson is racking up land and air miles on the recruiting path this spring in hopes of landing the caliber of talent that, combined with his returners, can compete for a third NWAACC title.
“Coach Anderson’s immediate and sustained success in collegiate women’s soccer has elevated our program to one of the best in the nation,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “He works harder than most other coaches in the NWAACC and he’s also in a position where he can recruit for talent, physical ability, academics and character. He’s got a good thing going on here.”
The Pirates are graduating one of the most outstanding sophomore classes to ever play in the NWAACC, but Anderson remains confident about his future.
“Although we lose a lot in the way of graduating players, the cupboard is far from bare with a deep and talented returning class,” he said. “By adding the class of 2014, I think another championship run is possible.”
That championship run began with winter and spring training, it continued with a successful spring recruiting campaign, and it will play out in August when the Pirates kick off their 2014 season.