USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced last week that long-time Women’s National Team Head Coach Ken Eriksen will once again serve as Head Coach for the 2019 USA Softball season.
“It’s a complete honor to be able to work with the best players in the world again,” said Eriksen on his selection in USA press release. “Coming off a stellar summer of 2018, we need to reinvent our hunger and go for the Gold in 2019.”
Eriksen helped lead the United States to gold in the World Championships this past summer in Japan to automatically qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Eriksen and USA Softball went undefeated in 2018 which also included winning the International Cup in Irvine, California. Eriksen spoke to Fastpitch News back in August about the summer and being Head Coach of U.S. National team.
Eriksen was part of U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team as an assistant coach in (2004); two WBSC World Championship Gold Medals (2016, 2018) and two Silver Medals (2012, 2014); as well as a Pan American Games Gold Medal (2011) and Silver Medal (2015). Eriksen has been head coach of U.S. National team since 2011.
Eriksen has also been the helm of South Florida’s program since 1996. Since his first year, the Bulls have made 13 NCAA post season appearances, two NCAA Super Regionals, earned a College World Series berth, won five conference titles (in three conferences: C-USA, BIG EAST, and the American), has produced over 875 wins in addition to a numerous amount of All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, All-Conference players, and NCAA All-Region players.