Tiger Softball Adds Tom Opdenbrouw to Coaching Staff
Monday, December 8, 2008

Nashville --- Tennessee State University softball coach Joyce Maudie has announced the hiring of Tom Opdenbrouw to her coaching staff for the upcoming season.


Opdenbrouw’s responsibilities will include assisting with the hitters, overseeing the pitchers and outfielders, as well as assisting Coach Maudie in recruiting and administration. 


“I am pleased to welcome Tom Opdenbrouw into the Tiger softball family,” stated Head Coach Joyce Maudie.  “His coaching experience and wealth of knowledge in softball and in life is a tremendous asset for our program.  Tom is a perfect fit for the Tennessee State University Softball program.” 


Opdenbrouw joins the Tiger Staff after three extremely successful stops along the way. Most recently, he was the head coach at perennial NAIA power, Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. Opdenbrouw left the Blue Raiders after posting over 200 wins, the most in the program’s history. 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.


Opdenbrouw is originally from Hyde Park, New York.  He 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. He is also a member of the national honor society for leadership, Omicron Delta Kappa.


Opdenbrouw was recently named to Cambridge’s Who’s Who of America in recognition of his success in education and athletics. He is a member of the National Fast pitch Coaches Association, the National Association of Sports Officials, and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


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.


“As a former head coach, Tom is competent in all areas of the game and will play a vital role in developing our hitters,” she continued.  “Tom has earned a tremendous amount of respect in the softball community.  He is a great recruiter, a tireless worker and he brings a lot of positive energy to the team.  Tom understands what it takes to succeed at this level and is 100% committed to helping me guide this program to the top of the OVC.”