Steve Anson, a Mishawaka native, died Sunday, June 22, from a tree-trimming accident at his residence northeast of Topeka, Kan., according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Anson, a 1972 Penn High School graduate, recently completed his 35th season as head baseball coach at Washburn University. The Ichabods went 844-798-3 during his tenure.
A four-year letterwinner at Kansas State University, Anson won the Big Eight Conference batting title in 1974 with .439 average. He still holds the Wildcats' career record for triples with 19 and was named to K-State's All-Century team.
Anson guided the Ichabods to five NAIA tournaments and was Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association coach of the year in 1994.
His brother, Dave Anson, a 1984 Penn graduate, is the athletic director at Warsaw High School. His sister, Cindy, graduated from Penn in 1978 and teaches in Elkhart. His father was Penn coach and teacher Ted Anson.
"Steve was a tremendous person — as comfortable in a cowboy hat and boots as he was in a baseball hat and spikes," said Dave Anson. "He enjoyed his family, friends, loved to hunt, and was so down-to-earth. The world lost a very good person on Sunday."