Proud mom Peggy Anderson dropped a note to the Notebook earlier this week, bragging on her son, as mothers tend to do.
For good reason. Kory Anderson, head coach of the Ventura, California, High School track and field team, has been nominated by the California Coaches’ Association for the Southern California Track and Field Coach of the Year for 2016.
Peer coaches make the nomination and the nominees and recipient will be recognized in June along with other coaches in Sacramento. He also teaches health, physical education and college and career readiness.
Kory Anderson played football for the Broncs, graduating from Sheridan High School in 1996. He also played football for Rocky Mountain College in Billings. After graduation, he coached linebackers for the Billings Outlaws and was head football coach at Red Lodge, Montana. After relocating to Ventura where he was the football team’s defensive coordinator early on, he moved into track/field coaching where he’s been a leader with phenomenal success. To wit:
• Some 41 former athletes of his are in college-level programs; 48 were competing a year ago.
• Overall records of his teams are 209/8/2. The girls’ varsity program won their first league title in 2009 and since then, a 35-1 mark. The boys’ varsity program over the same time is 55-1. The junior varsity boys and girls track programs haven’t lost a meet since 2005 and 2007, respectively.
• Seven of his athletes have set state records in a variety of speed, strength and other track and field disciplines.
Track and field at his high school is a big deal — some 200-plus athletes and 11 assistant coaches, one a former Olympian. Coach Anderson and his wife, Emily, are the parents of twin sons, Cooper and Kaden (13), and a daughter, Brinley, 8.
One more dose of ink for the Brubeck Brothers Quartet concert.
It’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. inside the Whitney Center for the Arts on the Sheridan College campus. The Sheridan College jazz band will open.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will begin its current tour in Sheridan. It will include performances with symphonies and in jazz clubs in four states.
The quartet has performed at jazz festivals in the U.S. and has toured globally. No doubt their performance tonight will include music from their father’s (Dave Brubeck) songbook as well as original compositions and standards.
The concert will be a bit of an “encore” for Susan and I. We first saw them perform, along with their father, in Jackson on our honeymoon, following marriage in Sheridan, back in June 1978.
“Jazz is from the heart. It is meant to be shared.”
— Louis Armstrong, American musician and composer, 1901-1971