UVU and Kansas City will meet again Friday in the semifinals of the 2013 WAC Tournament.
Brent Anderson, the longest tenured head coach in program history, begins his eighth season at the helm of Utah Valley women's soccer. As the Great West Conference's most decorated coach over the last four years, he now leads his squad into its inaugural WAC season. Anderson is the one-and-only recipient of the GWC Coach of the Year award, garnering the honor in each of the four years the GWC was in operation. Under his tutelage, the Wolverines claimed three of the four GWC tournament championships, including two divisional titles and two outright regular season crowns.
In all, Anderson owns a 64-69-7 overall record, including a remarkable 28-3-1 mark against GWC competition.
In 2012, Utah Valley became back-to-back GWC regular season champions after posting a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. The Wolverines conceded just one goal in conference play, ultimately ending the league season with a +13 goal differential.
The regular season success translated to the GWC tournament where UVU cruised through both its matches, topping both South Carolina State and Howard by identical 5-2 score lines on its way to its second straight tournament title.
Utah Valley also earned a slew of individual accolades on its way to its repeat titles. Six Wolverines were named all-conference while goalkeeper Lauren Sack and forward Regan Benson capture GWC Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year awards. It was the third time in Anderson's tenure that UVU swept the major postseason conference awards, as he also collected his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year honor.
Anderson also coached offensive and defensive players of the year, as well as the GWC's newcomer of the year, in 2011 and 2010. In all, 28 all-conference performers have come through Utah Valley University women's soccer in the past four seasons.
In 2011, the Wolverines claimed the first-ever outright GWC regular season title as the league had been divided into divisions the two years prior. With a pair of wins at the conference championships in Newark, New Jersey, UVU captured its second GWC tournament title and first since 2009.
UVU was the GWC West Division champion in both 2009 and 2010. The Wolverines went on to take the tournament crown in 2009 with a 1-0 victory over Houston Baptist, but came up short in 2010 with a 1-0 loss to the Huskies.
From the start of the Great West Conference's inception in 2009, Anderson and Utah Valley went 14 games against conference opponents without a loss.
The 2008 Anderson-coached Wolverines finished with the most wins, the highest winning percentage and got off to the best start in school history. UVU was 11-7-1 including a perfect 5-0 in the United Soccer Conference regular season.
That year, UVU went unbeaten in its first five games, going 4-0-1, for the best start in program history. The start of the season, combined with the last two matches of the 2007 season, set a school record with a seven-game unbeaten streak. The 2008 season was also highlighted by a five-game winning streak during October.
The success of that '08 season can be attributed in large part to the team's defensive success and a philosophy that Anderson instilled in his club. UVU surrendered just 21 goals on the season for a 1.08 goals against average, far and away school records. Eight shutouts on the year also set a new school record.
In 2007, the Wolverines fielded a young squad, returning just one regular starter from the previous season. With as many as seven true freshmen starting some games, Utah Valley finished with a 6-13-1 record.
The Wolverines posted a 4-1 record in regular season United Soccer Conference action and peaked at the right time, winning their final two games to win the United Soccer Conference Tournament Championship for the first time in UVU's three years in the tournament.
An unbeaten 2-0-1 record against in-state opponents highlighted the 2006 season, Anderson's first, with victories over Utah State and Southern Utah and a tie against Dixie State in a game that was suspended due to inclement weather.
After beating Delaware State, 2-1 in the first round, UVU finished its season in the United Soccer Conference (USC) tournament semifinals losing to South Dakota State in a shootout. The Wolverines would finish 7-10-2 -- the program's best winning percentage since 2003.
Anderson stresses overall discipline on and off the field. He teaches the importance of practicing hard, being disciplined in all workouts and a successful student.
Before coming to the Orem campus he was an assistant coach at Utah State for eight years. Anderson helped guide USU to its most successful season in 2003. That year, the Aggies finished 10-7-2.
While coaching at Utah State, Anderson was the Director of Coaches for the Valencia Futbol Club, one of the state's premier club teams located in Cache Valley.
Anderson holds a United States Soccer Federation National "B" Coaching License. To gain the prestigious license, Anderson has worked out with the United States national team's coaching staff in several rigorous sessions before passing certified coaching tests administered by the coaches.
Since 2002, Anderson has worked with the Utah state Olympic Development Program (ODP). He trains with and coaches young soccer players who aspire to play for the United States National team.
He has also worked with numerous other clubs throughout the state of Utah. Currently, Anderson is an assistant coach of two of Utah Valley's Celtic Storm club teams. He coaches the U-18 and U-14. Recently, Anderson helped lead the U-18 team to a second-place finish in state competition and a quarterfinal appearance at Regionals in Las Vegas.
Prior to his coaching career, Anderson played club soccer at Utah State for four years. He was a four-year starter and team captain in 1996 and 1997 as a goalkeeper.
Anderson was named First-Team All-Region National College Soccer Association (NCSA) in 1997. In the NCSA, he played against teams such as Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee and Kansas State. As team captain, he led the Utah State club team to the NCSA Final Four in 1997.
After finishing his playing career, Anderson started the Cadence Soccer Shop in Cache Valley. He ran clinics and held leagues with the business from 1996 to 2000. In 1998, Anderson opened Ultimate Sports, an Indoor Soccer Facility located in Hyde Park, Utah. He worked as the director of operations, the director of player development and the head coach of several club teams while running the business. The facility also included other recreational activities including a rock-climbing wall.
Anderson is a native of Logan, Utah. He graduated from Mountain Crest High School in 1989. He played soccer all four years. In his senior year he was named to the All-Region team.
When Anderson is not coaching soccer he enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, skateboarding and playing indoor soccer with his family and friends.
Anderson and his wife Kathy have three kids: Tennessee, Easton and Kaiya.