Marv Scott Coaches Award:
Roy Anderson's impact on sports in the South Sound region can be seen wherever youth teams compete. A successful coach in multiple sports, Anderson's dedication to the development of the Peninsula Athletic Association paved the way for the countless opportunities that today's grade school students have to participate in organized athletics.
Born April 27,1918, in Port Angeles, Wash., Anderson graduated from Quileute Union High School in Forks, Wash., in 1936. He attended Washington State University after high school and graduated in 1941. After serving his country in the Navy during World War II, Anderson began teaching and coaching at Gig Harbor Union High School in 1946.
When Vaughn and Gig Harbor High Schools were combined to form the new Peninsula High School in 1948, Roy took over as Peninsula's head football and baseball coach. He also served as an assistant coach for the basketball team, before taking over as head coach of all three sports the next year.
Anderson's football coaching career lasted only three years, but included a league championship in 1949. He most enjoyed coaching basketball, where several of his teams competed in district tournaments. During his time as baseball coach, he led his teams to several consecutive league championships, never finishing below second or third place in the league until the mid-1960s. He worked as a teacher, coach and administrator for the Peninsula School District until 1978.
Some of Anderson's more well-known players in those days included Lute Jerstad in basketball, as well as Gary Moore, Dave Rickert, Dave Dahl, Mel Manley and Marco Malich in baseball. Malich currently serves as the baseball coach at Peninsula.
Anderson worked with Art Skurdall, Duane Parish and Walt Sinko back in 1948 to establish organized athletic teams for grade school students in the Gig Harbor area. The Peninsula Athletic Association started by forming teams for third and fourth grade students in basketball and baseball. Eventually, the PAA added teams for older students, branching out into other sports as well. Anderson served on the PAA for nearly 35 years, retiring as director in 1982.
After retiring, Anderson formed a nursery and landscaping business in 1982. He terminated the landscaping business in 2003 and terminated the nursery in 2007.