June 18, 2007

Sorenson Named Eagle Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

June 18, 2007

Eastern Washington University head women's basketball coach Wendy Schuller announced on Monday (June 18) that Cheryl Sorenson has been named as an assistant coach. She brings to Cheney a wealth of coaching and playing experience from the west side of the state.

"I'm really excited to be here and I can't wait to jump in and get going," Sorenson said. "I feel blessed that I will have one job, one location versus being all over the place with two jobs and working crazy hours to fit them in. The long hours are fine, but I am excited to be in one place and to have a great team and a great coaching staff to work with."

Schuller is excited that Sorenson chose to move to the east side of the state.

"I am very pleased that she decided to join our staff," Schuller said. "She is an enthusiastic young coach who has a bright future in the field, and I am excited to have her on the Eagle staff. She brings some great experience as a coach, as well as a player."

Sorenson most recently served as the head coach of the women's team at Bellevue Community College for three seasons, bringing the program from a 4-22 mark her first year to a 26-5 record just two years later.

Her most recent squad tied for first in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) North Division and earned a second-place finish at the NWAACC Tournament, finishing 26-5 on the season. The previous year, she was named the North Division's Coach of the Year after tying for the division crown and placing seventh in the NWAACC Tournament.

Prior to arriving at BCC, she served as the head coach of the girls' team at Eastside Catholic High School, also located in Bellevue.

"She is also going to bring a breadth of knowledge from the west side," Schuller said. "She understands the region very well and will be able to help us recruiting over there."

She also has experience working with Tom Newell's Coaches Who Care, administrating youth camps to Seattle-area children as well as traveling to Guatemala to work with the country's men's and women's national teams. Additionally, Sorenson teamed up with Detlef Schrempf and the U.S. State Department to travel to the Philippines, Malaysia and Morocco to teach basketball, visiting orphanages and delivering donations to children.

Sorensen is a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, earning her degree with bachelors' of arts in communications and psychology. She played as a guard for the Huskies and served as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She helped lead the Huskies to two NCAA Tournament and a pair of WNIT berths.

In 1998-99, Washington advanced to the second round of the WNIT. She suffered a torn ACL and was unable to play in 1999-00. The 2000-01 campaign saw the Huskies compile one of the best seasons in history, advancing to the NCAA Regional Final, which was played at the Spokane Arena. The Huskies made it to the WNIT quarterfinals her junior season before making it back to the NCAAs in Sorenson's senior season. She also attained Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades in her final season.

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