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PELLA—Brett Anderson, a former Central College men’s soccer player and 2007 graduate, died suddenly at his family’s home in Winterset early Saturday.
Anderson was serving as an athletic trainer at Wichita State Univ. (Kan.).
At Central, Anderson was a three-time letterwinner as a midfielder for the Dutch men’s soccer team. He was also an academic all-Iowa Conference honoree, majoring in exercise science. Anderson received a master’s degree at the Univ. of Wyoming and interned as an athletic trainer with the Arizona Cardinals. He joined the Wichita State staff this fall, working primarily with track and field athletes.
“We hired him in July and he really immediately started building very good working and personal relationships,” athletic trainer Dan Cahill told the Wichita Eagle. “He loved track. He really enjoyed working with those guys.”
Central men’s soccer coach Garry Laidlaw echoed those words.
“Brett was a terrific guy,” he said. “Very quiet and understated. He was the ultimate team player. We’re going to miss him very much.”
Central athletics director Al Dorenkamp said college staff members were shocked.
“It’s tragic news to lose a young man like Brett,” Dorenkamp said. “He had such a bright future. He did an outstanding job at Central as a student, an athletic trainer and a soccer player. We are deeply saddened and we want his family to know we have them in our prayers.”
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Winterset with the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.