Susan Anderson begins her 11th season as head coach at Central Missouri with a 312-229 record. Anderson was the fastest UCM softball coach to reach 100 wins, doing it in only three seasons.
Anderson collected her 200th win at UCM on April 14, 2013 against Lincoln and surpassed the 300 win total in 2015 with a 15-0 win over Concordia-St. Paul on March 20.
She was voted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2009 for her career at UCM on the field.
Anderson has been named MIAA Coach of the Year three times in her career. She has coached 15 first team all-conference members, and 97 MIAA Academic Honor Roll selections. She has also coached one conference MVP, eight All-Regions, four Academic All-Americans, four Academic All-Districts, and two All-Americans. In 2016, Ali Jo Rogers became the first Jennie to be named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2016, Anderson coached the Jennies to their fourth straight winning season and ninth in her 10-year tenure. At 28-27, the Jennies finished sixth in the MIAA and qualified for the MIAA Tournament where they went 1-2. The Jennies had five All-MIAA honorees and 16 Jennies were selected to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. Freshman Emily Robinson was named both First Team All-MIAA as a utility/pitcher and was also awarded the MIAA Academic Excellence Award.
2015 was not only Anderson’s best of her 17 year career, but one of the best in UCM history. The Jennies won 49 games, tied for the most all-time and reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1994. They ran away with the MIAA regular season and also won the MIAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. The Jennies hosted and won the NCAA Central Regional, and went on to sweep Augustana on the road at the NCAA Super Regional. Anderson won her third career MIAA Coach of the Year and, along with her staff, was recognized by the NFCA as the Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year. She coached two All-MIAA First Teamers in Lauren Mabe and Katie Shockley and Shockley also went on to receive Academic All-American honors by CoSIDA. Mabe hit .414 for the season, the first .400 hitter for the Jennies since 2010. Shockley had one of the finest seasons for a UCM pitcher, setting a single-season record with 27 wins and pitching to a 2.11 ERA with 141 strikeouts.
In 2014, the Jennies finished the season with a 27-23 record and an MIAA mark of 14-12, good for a fifth place, regular season finish. The Jennies qualified for the MIAA Postseason Tournament for the seventh time in Anderson’s eight years at the helm. She coached senior Alex Groeger who last year received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholoship.
She led the Jennies to a 29-25 overall record and 12-8 MIAA mark in 2011, finishing in a tie for seventh in the MIAA Postseason Tournament. The Jennies also excelled in the classroom and were first in NCAA Division-II in GPA with a 3.53 team GPA.
In 2010 the Jennies finished 26-27 overall and 10-10 in the MIAA. UCM went into the postseason conference tournament as the No. 4 seed and finished fourth.
In 2009, Anderson led the Jennies to a 36-14 overall record and an 18-2 conference mark, finishing first in the regular season and fourth in the conference tournament. The Jennies qualified for their third straight NCAA-II South Central Region Tournament.
In 2008, Anderson led the Jennies to a 36-22 overall record and 12-6 in the MIAA, good for second place. The Jennies finished second in the MIAA Tournament and qualified for the NCAA-II North Central Region tournament for the second consecutive season.
In her first season, Anderson led the Jennies to a 30-23 record, including a 14-4 conference record and a second place finish in the MIAA. The team took fifth in the MIAA tournament and advanced to the NCAA-II North Central Region tournament for the first time since 1997.
Prior to coming to UCM, Anderson was at MIAA rival Northwest Missouri for four seasons where she went 124-96. In 2006, she led the Bearcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1984. Anderson set a school record for wins in two different seasons including the most for a first-year leader in Northwest Missouri’s softball history with 30 in 2003.
Anderson was the head coach at Dakota State (S.D.) from 2001-02, where she picked up a 36-36 mark. In her second season, she set a school record for the 25-13 record, while taking the team to its first ever NAIA Regional Tournament.
From 1999-2000, Anderson was the head coach at St. Mary’s College (Kan.) where she made a turnaround effort. Her team went 6-21 in her first season to 15-19 the next year.
Anderson was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri in 1998, where she also was a student-athlete from 1994-1997. As a player at UCM, Anderson (formerly Punzo) was a two-time All-American and led the Jennies to three MIAA titles (1994, 1995, and 1997). She was also a three-time all-conference performer, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team accolades as both a junior and senior. She also got the job done in the classroom, making the MIAA All-Academic Team all four years and Academic All-American in 1997. She was the first UCM Softball player to receive the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, with Groeger being the second in 2014.
Anderson, and her husband, Chauncey, reside in Warrensburg with their two daughters, Teagan and Landy.