Lake Oswego Baseball has become one of the top high school baseball programs in the state of Oregon and is led by Head Coach Jake Anders. Coach Anders is entering into his 14th year as the Lakers head coach.
After graduating from high school in Montana (89') Coach Anders attended Evangel University to play football and baseball, after being sent to College of Southern Idaho by the St. Louis Cardinals, he was put in the amateur draft by the same club in 1991. He then finished college at Lewis and Clark in 93' playing both football and baseball for local greats, Tom Smythe and Jerry Gatto. Coach Anders finished his playing career making the NAIA National Playoffs 3 years and the JUCO Regional Tournament once for baseball. Coach Anders was NCIC All-Conference at Lewis and Clark College in baseball and Heart of America All-Conference at Evangel for football. He gave up a chance to play professionally in Australia to begin marriage to his wife JoAnna Anders and to start their family. Jake has three girls, McKenna (12), Taylor (10) and Kate (7).
Coach Anders began his career in Kalispell Montana where he coached his alma mater for one year in 1994. After taking a leave to work for 3M, Jake began coaching again for Dave Gasser at Lakeridge High School in 1997 through 98. He took over the Lake Oswego Program in the summer of 1998. Under Coach Anders the Lakers have been to the state playoffs 9 times, culminating in 2004 with the school's first league title in 38 years and the first State Championship in the school's history. Coach Anders has been the Three Rivers League Coach of the Year in 2004,2007, 2009, 2010 and the State of Oregon Coach of the Year in 2004. His career record in Oregon is 209-113-1
Integrating intensity and hard work with love for the game and kids, is what Coach Anders has used to build a program that the kids are invested in. "Passion, Commitment, and Excellence" is key phrase for life with Coach Anders and his program as he tries to instill that positive attitude and work ethic in his players. "We want our kids to take ownership in the program and life lessons it teaches". These are the philosophies that run the program and Coach Anders hopes that they will be able to take their experiences and apply them to their own lives.
Laker baseball website: www.lakeoswegobaseball.com