Coach Anderson leads the way with on and off the football field
In his fourth coaching season at Waldorf College, Coach Kent Anderson is already impressed by the caliber of his players in just a few short weeks. To get ready for the 2015 football season, players have been in full practice mode during training camp. Coach Anderson said, “Without question it has been the best team atmosphere that we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Coach Anderson emphasizes that training camp isn’t just about running plays and tackling but that the coaching staff is trying to help form the players to be their best on and off the field. Not only is Coach Anderson teaching the players, but the players end up teaching the coaches as well. The players have affected Coach Anderson by their unity. “Training camp has been a few weeks and it has positively surprised me and this group as done a good job of being unselfish and doing what is right for the team and not themselves.”
Coach Anderson has impressive background before coming to Waldorf. A native of Iowa, and a college football career, Coach Anderson made his way to Germany after finishing his degree.
He coached in Germany for more than 15 years. While in Germany, the sport of football was just beginning for the country and did not have a massive following of fans. By the time Coach Anderson left, more than 34,000 fans were coming to watch these football games. A valiant accomplishment to be able to build up a sport in another country.
Not only did the sport of football gain traction, Coach Anderson’s teams did too. In those 15 years, the teams he coached won eight national championships and was a six-time national coach of the year. With these accomplishments, Coach Anderson was inducted into the German Football League Hall of Fame.
The powerfulness of Coach Anderson is that he believes in building status in the community, establishing a culture first and then focusing on the victories. He concentrates on small victories that help change the culture of the football program that in turn help the whole culture on campus. He praises the coaching staff with helping facilitate these small victories and changes.
Even with his impressive career and background, his football philosophy is to “have fun.” He believes in being spirited and making football enjoyable and not too routine but also holding the players accountable. Grades are emphasized and he says you earn the right to be an athlete.
Coach Anderson loves the Waldorf culture. A good community is what brought him and his family to the area. He describes Waldorf as, “progressive and offers a lot of security in a nice community. We have everything you need to be a student-athlete.”
Come support Coach Anderson, coaching staff and the Waldorf Warriors Football Team at the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday, October 10.