Having Stan Anderson as part of your soccer program usually spells success. So, Loyola University's men's soccer program figures to continue to succeed as it announced Wednesday the former Palatine High School star goalkeeper and Fremd assistant coach is joining the Ramblers as an assistant coach.
“I am looking forward to working with Brendan (head coach Eitz), the rest of the staff, and
the Ramblers,” Anderson said in a release from the school. “Over the past 16 seasons I have worked with some great student-athletes and I look forward to working with some
great ones at such a world-class university like Loyola. The goal of any
athlete or coach is to get to the NCAA Tournament and Loyola has made a
habit of that recently. The season is right around the corner so the
challenges are ahead of us.”
Anderson spent the last six seasons as the associate head coach at Marquette, which won the Big East Conference title last fall, and was named one of the top assistant coaches in the nation by College Soccer News in 2010. He focused on developing the goalkeepers.
Before Anderson went to Marquette, he spent 10 seasons at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which went 136-63-17 with five NCAA Tournament berths during that time. The program reached the second round four times and was 30-3-2 in Horizon League play from 2001-05.
Loyola is coming off a 2011 season in which it earned its third NCAA
Tournament berth in the last six years. The Ramblers return their top
five scorers from last season as well as goalkeeper Peter McKeown, the
2011 Horizon League Championship Most Valuable Player.
“I am excited for the staff and student-athletes to work with Stan,” Eitz
said. “First and foremost, he is a quality family man and understands the
Jesuit ideals. Over the past 16 years,he has done an extraordinary job
identifying and recruiting high-level student-athletes that have won
championships. In addition to his familiarity with the Horizon League
from his 10 years as a coach at Milwaukee, Stan is a Chicago guy and
knows the soccer scene as well as anybody in the Midwest. He is one of
the best, if not the best, recruiters in the country.”
Known for being one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the country,
Anderson helped mold Grant Fernstrum into the top goalkeeper in the
nation in 2005, at least statistically speaking, as he posted a 0.466
goals-against average, the best mark in NCAA Division I.
Anderson was an assistant coach at Fremd from 1993-95 and in his first season helped Gerardo Pagnani's team finish second in the state in the Class AA tournament. He is a member of Palatine's Hall of Fame, was an All-American keeper at Wisconsin-Parkside and spent a season playing for the Dayton Dynamo of the National Professional Soccer League.