PC Pirate Athletics
The Peninsula College athletic program is among the strongest in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). With just four teams, the Pirates are a program to be reckoned with, winning all four conference championships in 2015-16 and two of the four in 2016-17. The women’s soccer team won the NWAC championship last fall, the men’s soccer team won its’ eighth straight conference title and finished in the top eight in the NWAC, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams each finished second in the North Region and qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament.
Peninsula College launched women’s soccer in 2010, and the Pirates have since become not only the premier program in the NWAC, but one of the top programs in the country. In the first year of the program, head coach Kanyon Anderson directed a squad of 15 freshmen women to a second-place finish in the West Division and a spot in the NWAC playoffs. They have since won the division title every year and claimed three NWAC championships. In 2013, the Peninsula College became the first college in NWAC history to win back-to-back men’s and women’s soccer championships.
The Pirates’ men’s soccer team has also established itself as an NWAC soccer superpower with 12 straight trips to the playoffs, nine West Division championships – and, in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015, NWAC championships! The Pirates were knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2016, but new head coach Jake Hughes have assembled a recruiting class that has the potential to blend with a talented returning squad to get back to the Final Four in 2017.
The soccer teams play on Sigmar Field, arguably the best field in the NWAC. With the extraordinary artificial turf field, the reputation of our coaching staff, and the quality of education, Peninsula College has become a destination college for high school soccer standouts.
The Peninsula College basketball program also has an excellent reputation across the region. The men’s team is a perennial North Division powerhouse. The Pirates broke through in 2011 to claim Peninsula’s first NWAC Championship since 1970.
The Pirates began a new era under Head Basketball Coach Mitch Freeman in 2013-14 and just missed the playoffs, placing fifth in the North Division. They have reached the post season every year since with a third place NWAC trophy in 2015 and a league championship in 2016.
The Peninsula College women’s basketball team is every bit as strong under head coach Alison Crumb, a Port Angeles product who played for Peninsula before coming back to coach the Pirates. The PC women have qualified for the NWAC Championship Basketball Tournament six straight years and in 2014-2015 head coach Crumb led the Pirate women’s basketball team to their first NWAC Championship in the
history of PC women’s basketball. Coach Crumb was named NWAC Coach of the Year. Entering her eighth year as head coach, Crumb has established herself as one of the young professionals to watch in the intercollegiate basketball community and is quietly building a program that, like soccer, is becoming a destination program for high school basketball standouts from up and down the west coast.
Off the field, Peninsula College athletes participate in community service projects and play a significant role in the development of young players through the Peninsula Soccer Academy and Peninsula Basketball Camps, as well as engagement in elementary, middle school and high school mentorship programs and school clinics.