Softball Adds Ben Sorden To Coaching Staff
Aug 21, 2013
Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner has announced the hiring of Ben Sorden to the Hoosiers' coaching staff today, August 21. Sorden will work primarily with the pitching staff, assist with recruiting, establish practice plans as well as coordinate team travel.
"I am so thrilled to announce the hiring of Ben Sorden to our coaching staff," said Gardner. "Ben brings a great wealth of pitching knowledge to our program from all levels of the game. He is very passionate about the sport and will be a great addition to our staff."
"I would like to thank coach Michelle Gardner and Director of Athletics Fred Glass for this opportunity," said Sorden. "I am ecstatic to be a Hoosier. Indiana is a world-class institution and the Hoosier softball program has some extremely talented, young players.
I look forward to working alongside Michelle Gardner and Christy Hebert, both of whom were outstanding Big Ten players in their day. Together, we look for this team to be much improved this season, to compete on a national level, as well as compete for a Big Ten title."
Sorden most recently served as an assistant coach at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) where he coached three All-American pitchers, seven NCAA All-Region pitchers and four Iowa Conference Pitchers of the Year. During his tenure with the Kohawks, Sorden also helped Coe College to three conference championships, eight NCAA Regional appearances, two NCAA Division III Women's College World Series appearances (fifth place, 2006; second place, 2009) and nine finishes in the NCAA Top 25.
In addition to his time at Coe College, Sorden was the head coach for Solon High School (Solon, Iowa) in 2011 and 2012, where he earned WaMaC East Coach of the Year honors after piloting SHS to back-to-back WaMaC East Championships, consecutive Regional Championships and two state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2012. In just two seasons, Sorden's team posted a 71-17 record, produced seven All-State players as well as a 3A Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 2012. He was named the Northeast Iowa District Coach of the Year in 2012.
In 2010, Sorden served as an assistant coach at South Mountain Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.). There, he helped the program earn its first NJCAA Region 1 Championship and was part of the ACCAC Coaching Staff of the Year that season.
Sorden spent three years as a student assistant at Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, Iowa). While on staff, the Beavers earned two conference championships, three NCAA Regional appearances as well as a fifth place finish at the NCAA Division III College World Series in 1994.
Not only does Sorden bring years of experience and success as a coach, but he also pitched men's fast pitch for over 10 years on a number of teams in both state and regional tournaments.
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