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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 18, 2014

Anderson named MPCHS boys’ track coach

By Ashlee De Wit | Jun 17, 2013
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit From left: Mitch Anderson, Scot Lamm and Shawn Striegel pose for a photo —along with Cole Phillips (bottom left corner) — during the state track meet in Des Moines. This season was Lamm’s last as head track coach; Anderson will be taking over the team next year. Lamm will become the MPCHS activities director in place of the retiring Bob Jensen. Striegel is taking over Jensen’s head coaching duties for football.

Mt. Pleasant Community High School has announced Mitch Anderson as the new head boys’ track and field coach. Anderson, who is also the head coach of the boys’ cross-country team, has been a track assistant coach for five years at Mt. Pleasant.

Anderson graduated from Mt. Pleasant in 2000, where he competed in track for four years. He was part of the state-champion team in his senior year, and holds the school record in the open 800, in which he was a state runner-up. He was also part of the state-winning mile medley team, as well as the 4x800-meter relay team, each of which also holds a school record.

Anderson went on to run at Iowa State, and then spent some time teaching and coaching at Nevada and at Gilbert before coming back to Mt. Pleasant, where he teaches middle school computer science.

“I’m very proud to be the next one in a line of good leaders for the Mt. Pleasant track program,” Anderson said. “I really respect what coaches (Denny) White and (Scot) Lamm have been able to do.”

Mt. Pleasant has also hired Jeff Schulz of Burlington to coach volleyball. Schultz comes to the Mt. Pleasant team from Mediapolis, where he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Bullettes.

Brent Broeker will join the football staff in the fall as an assistant coach, pending board approval at the July meeting.

Coaching positions that remain open at the school are for boys’ and girls’ soccer assistants, as well as a boys’ track assistant.

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