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Since becoming the head softball coach at Northwest Missouri State in 2007, Ryan Anderson has led the Bearcats to the postseason in five of his first seven seasons.
Anderson’s 147 wins are second-most in program history as the Bearcats have won at least 20 games every season, but one. He has also led Northwest to five MIAA tournament appearances and earned an NCAA tournament berth in 2008.
The 2012 campaign saw the Bearcat get off to a slow start, however Northwest would rebound to win five of its final seven games to earn a third consecutive trip to the MIAA tournament. The Bearcats would miss a near upset of No. 21 Missouri Western in the first round losing, 1-0, but knocked off Pittsburg State before being eliminated. Junior transfer Kayli Schurman would tie the single-season record for home runs and junior pitcher Jenna Creger also became to schools all-time strikeout leader to highlight season.
During the 2011 campaign Northwest raced out to a 6-0 conference record before finishing at 14-8 earning the fourth MIAA tournament appearance under Anderson. The Bearcats would finish 25-19 overall.
The 2010 campaign was highlighted by an eight-game win streak during which the Bearcats averaged more than 10 runs per game. The season was capped by junior Dacey Hassey being named the program's second All-American. Hassey and senior Erin Leslie earned first-team All-MIAA honors giving Anderson his first two-time All-MIAA star in Leslie and his fifth Bearcat to earn all-league awards in Hassey.
Northwest placed second and third in the MIAA standings during Anderson's first two seasons at the helm. The 2008 squad finished 32-22, made the program's fourth NCAA tournament appearance and picked up its third postseason win, defeating Central Missouri 1-0. The Bearcats enjoyed three winning streaks of six games or more and tied for the league lead in runs per game (5.2).
The team's 32 wins in 2008 are the fourth-most in program history. Northwest has enjoyed four 30-win seasons in the last eight years.
Prior to his arrival in Maryville, Anderson enjoyed tremendous success at the University of Missouri-Rolla, leading the Lady Miners to a 107-49 record - the best three-season stretch in program history. Anderson's teams broke more than 20 records and achieved the school's first recognition in nationwide rankings.
Anderson led Rolla to a program-record 41 wins in 2004. The Lady Miners finished second in the regular season race and third in the MIAA Tournament. The team also had the MIAA's most valuable player in pitcher Christy Daken, the first of four all-region players who performed for the Lady Miners under Anderson's tutelage. That record-setting season was followed by a 33-25 campaign in 2005 and a mark of 33-10 in 2006, Rolla's first season as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
Prior to Rolla, Anderson was the head softball coach for the University of Minnesota-Crookston in 2003 when he led the team to a school record for conference wins in a season.
A native of Colby, Kan., Anderson received his bachelor's degree in sports administration with a minor in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1999. He spent three years as an assistant softball coach at Kearney upon graduation. During that time, he also served as marketing and promotions assistant for the athletics department.
Anderson and his wife, Ashley, reside in Maryville with their daughter, Adyn, and two sons Owen and Eli.