I know I normally post happy picture related things here, and I’ll go back to that. Promise. But my Rain City volleyball family suffered a great loss this week in one of our club co-founders, Brian Anderson. And I feel that the more I sing his praises and remember him for the great coach, mentor and teacher that he was, that his lessons and dedication will stay with me as I move into our next club season this month. I’ll miss him a lot and I hope that I can continue to do him proud in moulding these young minds and carrying on his amazing values.
Here is the write up I did for the Rain City website with a couple of borrowed photographs from his family.
Rain City Volleyball lost a dear member of our family this week. Brian Anderson co-founded Rain City with Jenny Vogt in 1990 with the goal of passing on their love for the sport and creating a family friendly atmosphere to teach the game in.
Brian lost his 10-year battle with leukemia Tuesday morning surrounded by his loving family. Those that knew Brian would describe him as an amazing father and grandfather, loving husband, dedicated coach and mentor, and as someone who would always give without being asked. Brian was “a good man and a great example,” said Rob Moya.
“He lived his faith and leaves behind a number of memories of lives he touched,” Jenny said. “He led by example, not by preaching.” Brian’s love for family and volleyball will always be remembered not only with Rain City but also around the Puget Sound region. He was a coach, an official, a tournament director, a setter, and a gamer. He loved volleyball and shared it with anyone who wanted to learn.
The first flier that Brian and Jenny created for Rain City said: “We love playing volleyball, do you? Come to Rain City.”
We wish that more of our current Rain City members could have known Brian and experienced the passion and dedication he brought to the sport and to our kids. We hope that Brian’s love and passion for the game will live in all of us and we can share it with this new generation.
Brian will truly be missed.
A recent family photo of Brian and his wife Carol, and all of their children.
Brian circa 2009.