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Girls hockey: JaColby Anderson named new Willmar head coach

WILLMAR -- South Dakota native JaColby Anderson has been named head girls hockey coach at Willmar High School.

Anderson was junior varsity coach last season under Jason Mayer, who resigned after two years leading the program.

Willmar activities director Ryan Blahosky announced the hiring late Thursday afternoon.

Though Anderson originally came to Willmar to play baseball at Ridgewater College, he has a long history in hockey.

He states he played 15 years of youth and high school hockey in Brookings, S.D. He played goalie on his high school team which won three state titles.

He's married to former Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Ridgewater athlete Jenni Cunningham. They have a daughter Jordyn and are expecting the birth of their second child "during the hockey season."

After pitching on two Warriors teams that reached the NJCAA World Series in both 2006 and '07, Anderson played baseball and got his elementary/special education degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

During college, he coached summer hockey in Brookings and participated with the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association and the Deaf Olympic Hockey team.

After college, he was hired as an assistant varsity and head JV coach in Brookings. He was also responsible for running the goalie practices in the program

The Andersons moved to the Willmar area in 2011 and he joined the school district as a Learning Disabilities (LD) Special Education teacher here at the high school. Last summer he played baseball for the Atwater Chuckers in the County Line League.