Kanyon Anderson has emerged as the most successful women’s soccer coach in the Northwest Athletic Conference. His Pirates were nationally ranked every year, last year finishing with the second best record in the nation. Peninsula is commonly ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, including 2016 when the Pirates went 15-0 in conference play and 19-1-1 overall, capturing their third NWAC championship. In 2017, the Pirates were looking to repeat after going unbeaten all the way to the title match where they fell in overtime. Anderson was the program’s first head coach 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, and then placed second in 2014. He has won seven straight West Division titles, three 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). 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. He and his wife have two children, Kanyon and Fern.
Assistant Coach Jordyn Shaffer
Jordyn Shaffer brings some very high-level soccer experience into her first season as an assistant coach for the Pirates. She was a defensive midfielder for Purdue University from 2004-2007, helping the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Conference Tournament bid her senior year, the first such appearance in Purdue women's soccer history. Shaffer was named Defensive MVP for the Tournament. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Organized Leadership and Supervision, and a minor in Law and Society. After graduating from Purdue, she played semi-pro soccer for the Chicago Gaels (now Red Stars), and then went on to coach at Wittenburg University. She recently relocated to the Olympic Peninsula where her soccer knowledge and experience promises to be a big part of Peninsula's future as a national junior college soccer powerhouse. In addition to coaching for the Pirates, Shaffer will work part-time in the College's fitness center, assisting physical education students with weight training and body conditioning.
Assistant Coach Andrew Cooper
Andrew Cooper was born in Blackpool, England, and has been involved in soccer and sports all his life. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with an upper second class honors degree in Human Movement Studies, majoring in exercise physiology, psychology, and ball games. He worked in the fitness industry in England and played football and cricket at a high level before a serious ankle injury caused a premature end to his playing career. Andrew relocated to Port Angeles in 2002 and for the last 5 years has been a volunteer assistant coach for the Port Angeles High School boys varsity soccer team, focusing on goalkeepers. Andrew works full time as a Lieutenant Firefighter Paramedic at the Port Angeles Fire Department and lives locally with his wife and two young daughters, Rachel and Abi.