Men's Soccer Coach Enters Third Season

General Sports News - Redding, CA

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REDDING, Calif. - Darby Anderson is starting his third season as Simpson University’s head men’s soccer coach. He first began playing soccer with his older brothers when he was 6 years old. Darby’s 31-year playing experience includes club, collegiate, and semi-professional international play.

Darby has been a soccer coach for 16 years at both the high school and collegiate level. Because of his leadership experience as a goalkeeper and being team captain, Darby said it was a natural progression to go from being a player to a coach.

“It’s been a passion and desire of mine to build into young men’s lives. Discipleship is my passion. Soccer is a great venue to do this,” he said.

Even though the Red Hawks lost seven graduating seniors last year, Darby is looking forward to this season. “I expect we will continue to grow,” he said. “We have gotten much younger. It’s a matter of younger individuals stepping into leadership roles and having confidence in their leadership abilities.”

Serving others is another passion of Darby’s. In order to build “a mission mindset” for their family and marriage, Darby and his wife, Melissa, went on a one-year mission trip with Christian Outreach International to the Czech Republic during their first year of marriage in 2000. It was during this time that he played Division III soccer for a team in the Czech Republic.

Darby helped in the church plant process of the Stirring in Redding serving as a leader of its Life Groups. He also owns and operates a personal soccer training business called The Goal. The purpose of The Goal is to help local soccer players from the ages of 12-23 improve in the areas of skill, strength, agility, and conditioning.

In August, Darby started another church plant in Anderson, Calif., called The Way, a church targeting young adults ages 18-those who feel young at heart. The church will also host a Friday night coffee house setting for aspiring musicians. Darby said he hopes the coffee house will give young adults something positive to do on Friday nights. Services for The Way and the Friday night coffee house are held at the Crossroads Bible Fellowship Crosscurrent building on 2991 E. Center St. in downtown Anderson.

In addition to coaching soccer, planting churches, and going on mission trips, Darby enjoys being a father to his two daughters -- Triniti, 5, and Hope, 3. He also likes spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and snowboarding. His other interests include singing worship songs and playing the guitar.

Written by: Elise Wilson

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
(530) 226-4731