Ken Eriksen (Tampa, FL) – Women's National Team Head Coach

Ken Eriksen has been at the helm of the Women’s National Team since 2011.  Having been alongside and at the forefront of coaching some of the greatest athletes the softball world has ever seen, he became the first male in the history of the program to represent USA Softball both as a player and a 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.”

As a player, Eriksen began playing USA Softball when he joined the Clearwater Bombers, playing from 1987-1992 while batting .347 in 1992 and .456 in the Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals. Eriksen was a part of the Miller-Toyota team and Tampa Smokers up until 1997 when he won the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship with his fellow teammates. Eriksen racked up additional honors on the international scene, earning 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 communist Cuba in over 30 years (1958).

After hanging up his cleats as a player, his first Head Coach role 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 in 2002 – the same year the team captured a Gold Medal at the WBSC World Championship. A highlight of his Team USA coaching resume includes being an assistant coach in the 2003 Pan Am Games which won Gold and going on to coach at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where the U.S. Olympic Softball Team would put on one of the most dominant performances in Olympic history. Eriksen tacked on another Gold Medal as an assistant coach at the WBSC Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2011, Eriksen took over the Women’s National Team Program and ushered in a new era of USA Softball with a roster comprised of international rookies.  Eriksen continued the legacy established before him, leading a strong U.S. roster which produced a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In his tenure with the Women’s National Team Program, Eriksen has amassed two WBSC World Championships Gold Medals and two Silver Medals.  Under his guidance, he helped the U.S. claim the first berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in dramatic fashion after defeating Japan in extra-innings at the 2018 WBSC Women's World Championship.  He also boasts four World Cup of Softball titles and a Silver Medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Collegiately, Eriksen has been at the helm of the University of South Florida softball program since 1996.  Since Eriksen's first year, the Bulls have gone to 12 NCAA post season appearances, two NCAA Super Regionals, a College World Series berth, five conference titles (in three conferences: C-USA, BIG EAST, and The American), has produced over 850 wins and a numerous amount of All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, All-Conference players, and NCAA All-Region players.