OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States – World No. 1 USA Softball announced Ken Eriksen as the Head Coach for the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team for the eighth-consecutive season. Eriksen will lead the defending World Champions at the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan.
In 2011, Eriksen took over the Women’s National Team, leading USA to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and two WBSC World Championships Silver Medals, before reclaiming the Gold at the 2016 WBSC World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada. He also boasts four World Cup of Softball titles and a Silver Medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
After retiring as a player, his first National Team head coach opportunity came in 1997 when he led the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Five years later, he joined the Women’s National Team as an assistant coach, where the team captured a Gold Medal at the WBSC World Championship.
A highlight of his international coaching resume includes winning Gold as an assistant coach at both the 2003 Pan Am Games in Dominican Republic and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Eriksen tacked on another Gold Medal as an assistant coach at the 2010 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.
As a player, Eriksen earned a silver medal at the Pan American Games (1991) and was a three-time Olympic Festival participant (1993, 1994 and 1995), where he took home an additional silver medal at the 1995 Olympic Festival. Eriksen retired shortly after playing for the USA Select Team, which was the first American athletic team to compete in Cuba in over 30 years (1958).
Collegiately, Eriksen has been at the helm of the University of South Florida (women’s) softball program since 1996 and has produced over 850 wins, including 12 NCAA post-season appearances.