Returning for her second season as an assistant with the Connecticut women's ice hockey team, Kirsti Anderson joined the Huskies prior to their historic run in the 2009-10 season. Anderson was an assistant at Hamilton College for two years where she helped the Continental with on-ice practice and game preparation. She made a seamless transition to the Huskies, continuing similar responsibilities, including working with the defensive unit.
At Hamilton, Anderson contributed to the program's alumnae communication efforts, recruiting and travel planning in addition to her coaching responsibilities. Under her guidance, defenseman Kate Marek earned a spot on the NESCAC First-Team, leading the conference in defensemen in scoring during the 2008-09 season.
Anderson attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2008 following a brief time with the Union College women's ice hockey team as a volunteer assistant. There Anderson conducted weekly video sessions and contributed to the defensive elements of the game during games and practices.
Her collegiate playing experience began at Division III Bowdoin where Anderson was a First-Team All-American on a pair of Final Four squads. She was acknowledged as the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year and Bowdoin College's Freshman Female Athlete of the Year. She earned a spot on the all-conference first team as a rookie and as a sophomore guided the team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Tournament. That season, Anderson co-led defensemen in scoring in Division III ice hockey.
From 2003-05, Anderson was an instrumental part of two NCAA Final Four teams at Dartmouth where she helped lead the Big Green to the Ivy League Championship in 2004. That season, Dartmouth was an ECAC Semifinalist followed by a ECAC Second Place finish the following season.
Anderson has participated in the USA 18s and 19s Junior National Camp and was twice a part of the USA Women's National Team Festival in 2002-03. She was invited to the 2003 National Team Tryouts as well.
A 2005 graduate from Dartmouth with a degree in biological sciences, Anderson played defense for the Ottawa Raiders and Oakville Ice of the National Women's Hockey League in Canada prior to pursuing her coaching career.