Lorie Coleman has been hired to take over as the Head
Softball Coach at Biola University, BU Athletic Director Dave Holmquist
announced on Monday.
“We are excited to have Lorie join the staff at Biola,” said Holmquist.
“Her Christian character, knowledge of the game, enthusiasm and relational
skills will combine to make her a successful college softball coach.”
Coleman, who becomes the eighth softball coach in school history, takes
over a team which has reached the postseason in each of the last five
years and averaging nearly 33 wins per season over the last decade.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me which I am not going to take
lightly,” said Coleman. “I am thoroughly looking forward to giving it
everything I have. I love this school and everything about it and I want
to pour my heart into this position, this team and this University.”
Coleman will be making her collegiate coaching debut, but is no stranger
to the Golden State Athletic Conference. She has been coaching club
softball for the past 12 years, including the last four seasons as the
Head Coach of the SoCal Spirit 18-Gold team. Numerous players Coleman has
coached in recent years have ended up playing in the GSAC including
current Biola players Leslie and Kristin Larson, and incoming freshman
Prior to coaching the SoCal Spirit, Coleman coached the Corona Angels club
team under the direction of Club Coordinator Marty Tyson. In 2005, she
guided the 18-Gold team to a second-place finish at the ASA Gold
Nationals. The next year, her 18-Gold team finished as the Runner-Up in
the Western National Championships.
Coleman also spent three years in the high-school ranks, coaching at Apple
Valley Christian from 1999-2000 and spending last season as the assistant
coach at Sultana High School in Hesperia.
Coleman is taking over for Carissa Millsap-Kalaba, who stepped down at the
end of the 2009 season to further pursue educational goals.
The Eagles capped the 2009 season with a record of 19-21, ranking third in
the conference with a 1.84 ERA and fourth in offense with a .273 team
batting average. Biola reached the GSAC Tournament thanks to a fifth-place
conference finish, falling to Azusa Pacific University in one of two
first-round, play-in games.