Women's Soccer Coaches & Staff
Head Coach Kanyon Anderson
Kanyon Anderson took over as head coach for both the women’s and men’s soccer teams at Peninsula College in the summer of 2014. His rise to success is unprecedented. He started as an assistant coach in the Pirate men’s program in 2005 and was named head women’s coach of Peninsula’s first women’s soccer team in 2010 when he guided that team to a second-place finish in the North Division and a berth in the NWAC playoffs. In 2011, the Pirates won the West Division and placed second in the NWAC. Coach Anderson then assembled teams that won back-to-back NWAC championships in 2012 and 2013, earning national rankings both years, including a No. 10 ranking in 2013. He has three straight West Division titles, two Coach of the Year honors, and has established a program that features high academic success and a very impressive transfer rate, moving most of his sophomores to four-year programs, many of them to Division I programs. He is a graduate of Western Washington University (BA English Literature) and Eastern Washington University (MA Rhetoric and Composition) where he played men’s club soccer. He holds a National C coaching license, he coached high school boys’ and girls’ soccer at Cheney High School and has coached at numerous camps and clinics throughout his career. He joined the Peninsula College faculty in the summer of 2010 as an English instructor. His wife Amanda, an accomplished player and coach herself, assists him with the program. They have two children, Kanyon and Fern.
Assistant Coach Amanda Anderson
It’s no wonder the Pirate soccer program’s moto is “Strength through Unity.” Coach Amanda Anderson, Kanyon’s wife, assists with the women’s soccer program and is a big part of Peninsula’s success. She played four years of varsity soccer at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington Maine. She went on to be a four-year starter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worchester, Massachusetts. She played center back and was captain of the WPI Engineers her senior year. Her degree is Civil Engineering and she worked in that field for four years before moving to a career as a stay-at-home mom and soccer coach and web/social media specialist. Amanda has a National D coaching license and also served as the assistant coach for the Elms College women’s soccer team in 2006. She has been involved in the Peninsula College women’s soccer program since its inception in 2010.
Assistant Coach Omar Anderson
Coach Omar Anderson has stepped into a larger role with the Pirate soccer program this year. He will be assisting Coach Kanyon Anderson with both programs. Coach Anderson joined the Pirate coaching staff in 2010, following his career as a player at Peninsula from 2008-2010. Originally from Jamacia, he came to Peninsula by way of Alaska, where he played at East High School in Anchorage. He was a two-year starter at the forward position for the Pirates. Anderson earned an AA degree and a BA in Applied Management from Peninsula College.