Branda Anderson, the new girls basketball coach at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, is a Spokane native who grew up in Alaska and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale...

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Branda Anderson, the new girls basketball coach at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, is a Spokane native who grew up in Alaska and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on a basketball scholarship.

Anderson played high-school ball in Eagle River, Alaska. Her team finished 25-1 in her senior year and won the state title.

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After college, she spent three years working for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes before attending the University of Washington and getting a master’s degree in teaching.

Anderson, 28, is in her seventh year of coaching at the high-school level — three in Illinois, two at Mountlake Terrace and two at Kamiak, where she also teaches history. Last year’s Kamiak junior-varsity team, under Anderson, went 20-0. This is her first varsity head-coaching job.

“Our biggest goal is to play the best defense possible and let that guide our game,” Anderson said of her expectations for a young squad with only two seniors. “We believe that we can accomplish a lot this year if we work together as a team.”

Anderson replaced Doug Montzingo, who resigned after four years to spend more time with his family.


Everett native to coach Lake Stevens football


Tom Tri was named last week as the new football coach at Lake Stevens High School.

The 33-year-old Everett native replaced Ken Collins, who stepped down last month after 15 seasons to become the school’s assistant principal. The School Board is expected to formally appoint Tri on Jan. 12.

“It’s been a lifelong dream for me to be a head football coach,” Tri said. “I was lucky enough to obtain the job at a school I’ve been teaching at for seven years.”

In addition to his social-studies and physical-education duties, Tri coaches varsity girls basketball and freshman and sophomore boys basketball. He has 11 years’ experience as an assistant football coach.

Tri was a three-sport athlete at Cascade High School in Everett. He attended Western Washington University, graduated in 1993 with a recreation and leisure services degree, and got a job at Sun Valley Golf Course in Idaho. There, he met Jamie Plenkovich, now the first-year coach at Ferndale, Whatcom County.

As their friendship grew, Tri became convinced he had chosen the wrong profession.

“I love working with kids — it’s my passion,” Tri said. “I love the games of football and basketball. I knew right away I wanted to go back to school.”

So he started coaching football with Plenkovich at Sehome High School in Bellingham, and re- enrolled at Western, this time graduating in 1997 with a history degree and a teaching certificate. He was hired at Lake Stevens the next year.

Collins coached the Lake Stevens Vikings to six WesCo Conference or WesCo North Division championships and seven state playoff appearances, including a trip to the Class 3A state-championship game in 1994, when the team suffered an agonizing one-point loss to O’Dea High School of Seattle.

Lake Stevens was 2-7 last year.

Michael Ko: 206-515-5653 or mko@seattletimes.com