Three-Time All-American Pitcher Dana Sorensen to Join Softball Staff
July 31, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State softball program is pleased to welcome Dana Sorensen to the staff as an assistant coach, announced Friday by head coach Kirk Walker. Sorensen spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at UC Davis.
“We’re obviously ecstatic to bring in a coach of Dana’s caliber,” Walker said. “She was a tremendous Pac-10 competitor and will bring great experience into our program.”
Currently still playing on the Professional Fastpitch Xtreme (PFX) Tour, Sorensen played two seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. She spent the 2004 season with the New England Riptide before the following season with the Arizona Heat. She was a member of the USA Softball Elite Team in 2005, in which Walker was an assistant coach, and she attended the USA Softball National Team Camp five times.
“I’m really excited to join the Oregon State softball staff for many reasons,” Sorensen said. “One, having played in Pac-10, it’s a thrill to be back in the conference coaching. And Oregon State has a lot to offer and has achieved a lot of good things. I look forward to working with a great staff and hopefully will be able to help the program go back to the College World Series. I’m also looking forward to working with Kirk, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him after he was my coach, and I’m excited to learn a lot from him and Crissy and numerous others at Oregon State.”
All of her professional experience came after one of the best pitching careers in school history at Stanford from 2000-04. Sorensen racked up five no-hitters and two perfect games during her career, amassing three NFCA All-America honors (first-team selection in 2001 and 2004, second-team in 2000) and four All-Pacific Region accolades. She posted a 105-36 career record with a 1.05 ERA, including a 34-win campaign as a senior. Her solid work in the circle helped lead the Cardinal to a pair of Women’s College World Series trips and until the 2008 season, she held every single season pitching record.
Sorensen earned a bachelor’s degree in both sociology and communications from Stanford in 2004. She received a master’s in exercise and sport science from North Carolina in 2006.
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