Mark Sorenson appointed New Zealand Black Sox men’s fastpitch coach

Written by Bob on June 10th, 2013

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Since he was 16, Mark Sorenson played men’s fastpitch softball in the United States for some of the sport’s greatest teams. In 2010 he was inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame and in 2009 he entered the International Softball Federation (ISF) Hall of Fame (see his ISF bio below). Photo taken at the 1999 ISC World Tournament with Sorenson playing for the Broken Bow (NEB) Travelers.

NEW ZEALAND – Mark Sorenson, the four-time world champion, who hung up his glove in 2004, will take over from his former teammate Eddie Kohlhase, whose nine-year coaching tenure ended in triumph after the Black Sox won a record sixth world title in Auckland last March.

Sorenson’s appointment will be confirmed by Softball New Zealand tomorrow but Fairfax Media understands he has accepted the post and provincial softball associations were notified accordingly today. He will lead the Black Sox’s title defence at the 2015world championships in Saskatoon, Canada.

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MARK SORENSON ISF BIO – In 1984 Mark Sorenson made his international softball debut at the ISF VI Men’s World Championship at the age of just 16 years old. Twenty-one years later he retired from the game with seven world championship tournaments (one junior) to his credit – all of them gold (five times) or silver medal finishes. In four of the seven he finished with a .400 batting average or higher. A catcher, Mark played in over 70 games in world championship play alone. He made more than 125 other international playing appearances on behalf of New Zealand over his three decades in men’s fast pitch softball to cement his legacy in Black Sox history.

For more on the International Softball Federation, visit: ISF Softball

To read more about the International Softball Congress, visit: ISC Fastpitch

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