NASHVILLE – Tom Opdenbrouw has been named the fifth head softball coach at Tennessee State, Athletic Director Teresa Phillips announced.
"We are very confident that Coach Opdenbrouw will be successful heading the softball program,” said Athletics Director Teresa Phillips. “He is very wired in the regional & national softball world having stayed involved over the last four years. He's committed to building the TSU softball program into one that will be competitive and desirable to student-athletes and the community."
Opdenbrouw has spent the last four seasons as the Director of Operations for the TSU football program. Prior to his stint with the Tigers, he served as an assistant softball coach for two seasons under Joyce Maudie.
Opdenbrouw came to TSU after holding the head coach position at perennial NAIA power, Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. Opdenbrouw left the Blue Raiders after posting over 200 wins. He guided LWC to three consecutive 30-plus win seasons over the last three years.
Under his tutelage, the Blue Raiders won two Mid-South Conference Championships in addition to two runner-up finishes. LWC earned three bids to the Regional phase of the NAIA National Championships. Opdenbrouw’s commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom is evident in his coaching of 14 Regional All-Stars, 42 Mid- South Conference All-Stars, 10 Disney Academic All-Americans, and 67 MSC Conference All-Academic team members.
Prior to his post with Lindsey Wilson, Opdenbrouw served as an assistant coach for the NCAA III SUNY Utica/ Rome softball team in Utica, N.Y. Opdenbrouw helped the Wildcats set their school record for wins. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as the recruiting coordinator for all women’s sports and as the athletic academic coordinator for at-risk students.
Opdenbrouw’s first collegiate coaching experience was garnered at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY. He was an assistant for six years as the Red Dragons became one of the NCAA’s most successful programs of the 1990’s. They won the NCAA National Statistical Award for double plays turned in a single season in 1994 as well as the school’s first ever New York State Collegiate Championship. His passion for the game earned him a coaching position representing the United States in a good will tour against the top teams of Australia in 1996.
Prior to college, Opdenbrouw served in the US Army where his performance was highly decorated. His experience includes tours in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, as well as the unification of Germany.
Opdenbrouw, originally from Hyde Park, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a speech communication concentration along with a New York state coaching certification from SUNY Oneonta in 1996. Opdenbrouw and his wife Jenny reside in Nashville with their three daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Leah.