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USF softball coach to lead national team
USF softball coach to lead national team

Tampa, Fla. -- USF softball coach Ken Eriksen has received countless honors during his softball career.  But Friday, he added a major one.

Eriksen will serve as the head coach for the Women's National team in 2011 and 2012, which will include the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships. Eriksen will become the first male in USA Softball history to represent the organization as both a player and a head coach.

"This is an incredible opportunity for me as a coach and for USA Softball to bring new faces into the USA Softball National team family," Eriksen said.

In 2001, Eriksen joined the National Team staff, and remained with the team through 2004, where he helped lead the program to the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal, becoming the only USF coach in school history to accomplish such a feat.

Eriksen, who rejoined the National Team in 2009, had the primary responsibilities of pitching, catching and scouting for Team USA. He recently helped Team USA to the 2009 Canada Cup title.

Eriksen has been USF's head coach since 1997.

He played baseball at USF as well.  After his college playing career, he turned his attention to softball.

In 1991, Eriksen was the catcher on the United States National Fastpitch Team that won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Cuba, and in 1992, he was named First-Team All-World as a catcher and to the All-North American Team.

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