Minnesota-Crookston tabs former high school coach Anderson to be head coach
CROOKSTON, Minn. –- Minnesota-Crookston athletic director Stephanie Helgeson has announced Kyle Anderson as head women’s tennis coach for the Golden Eagles.
“We are very excited to announce Kyle Anderson as head women’s tennis coach for the University of Minnesota-Crookston,” Helgeson said. “Kyle has achieved a great amount of success as a player, head coach and tennis professional. We are excited for Kyle to lead our tennis program and believe he will be a tremendous addition to our athletics staff.”
Anderson comes to UMC from Rochester, Minn., where he has spent the past nine years coaching high school tennis and working as a tennis professional at Rochester Tennis Connection. Anderson was the head boys tennis coach at John Marshall High School in Rochester from 2007-13. He helped coach Evan Enquist and Francesco Andreazza to a third-place finish in the Minnesota State Tournament for doubles in 2007. In 2012, Anderson was named the 2012 Big 9 Conference Coach of the Year.
Anderson also coached at Century High School in Rochester where he was the girls head tennis coach from 2010-11. He coached Century to a second-place finish in Minnesota Section 1AA in 2010. Anderson coached Kelsey Frechette to a first-place title at the Minnesota State Tournament in 2010 and helped Jessie Aney to a second-place finish in singles in 2010 and a first-place title in 2011. He was voted the 2011 Big 9 Conference Coach of the Year while at Century High School.
Anderson also brings extensive knowledge as a former collegiate player, competing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn. from 2000-04. He participated in the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Tournament in 2003 and '04, helping pace the Gusties to a third-place finish in 2003. Anderson also participated in the NCAA Division III National Indoor Tournament in 2003 and 2004, helping lead his team to a national title in 2003 and a second-place finish in 2004. Anderson served as team captain as a senior in 2004.
Following his collegiate playing career, Anderson has gone on to play tournament on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) circuit, qualifying for the National Championships at the 5.0 level in 2005, '07 and '09.
Anderson currently works as a tennis professional at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. He replaces Josh Lunak, who resigned his position as head women’s tennis coach following the 2013 season to spend more time with family. Lunak continues to serve as an admissions counselor at UMC.