NEAC Coaches Corner: SUNY Cobleskill

NEAC Coaches Corner: SUNY Cobleskill

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Throughout the spring, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a coach and student-athlete from each of our member institutions in a brief Q & A. Our first Coaches Corner of the spring takes us to SUNY Cobleskill where we meet Head Softball Coach Michael Jorgensen and student-athlete Hannah Hoffman.

In five seasons at SUNY Cobleskill, Coach Michael Jorgensen has amassed a 62-87 overall record. Jorgensen led the Fighting Tigers to a pair of NEAC North Division titles in 2013 and 2014, which also resulted in back-to-back NEAC Coach of the Year honors. He has also been recognized on campus with the 2008-09 SUNY Cobleskill Division of Student Affairs ICE Award for Commitment and received University United Professionals Excellence in Professional Service accolades in 2012-13.

After hitting .437 in 2017 and earning NEAC All-Conference First Team honors, Hannah Hoffman (Troy, N.Y.) is preparing for her senior season with Jorgensen and the Fighting Tigers. Hoffman, who is a Business Administration major with a minor in Sport Management, also shared some thoughts on her time as a member of the SUNY Cobleskill softball program.

Head Coach Michael Jorgensen

What inspired you to become a collegiate coach?

As a former Division I college baseball player, I was looking for an opportunity to be further involved in the growth and development of our student-athletes than my position of Technical Assistant/Equipment Manager afforded me. Coaching allowed me to make a difference for our student-athletes on and off the playing field.

What is your favorite memory or moment at SUNY Cobleskill?

In 2013, my first season as head coach, we swept Wells College on the last day of the season by taking the second game by a 1-0 margin to earn the first NEAC Tournament bid in program history in a win or go home game. That was a very exciting moment for me.

As a coach, how do you help your Division III student-athletes balance all aspects of college life?

I try to make myself available to student-athletes on a regular basis and assist them with issues that may come up. We also try to get practice done in a timely fashion.

Outside of wins, losses and stats, what do you want everyone to know about your student-athletes?

I want people to know that they have respect: for the game, our opponents and our college.

Hannah Hoffman – Third Base

Describe the impact your coach had on your decision to attend your institution and/or on your development as a student-athlete.

Coach Jorgensen started recruiting me when I was junior in high school but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life so I went to Hudson Valley Community College. Coach Jorgensen was very persistent and continued to recruit me, telling me that I could do well here. That’s why I eventually transferred to SUNY Cobleskill. It’s fair to say that without his persistence, I would not have come to SUNY Cobleskill. I could have gone to any one of the eight colleges near my hone. But I came here to play and Coach [Jorgensen] was the reason. He is the best coach that I’ve ever had because of his positive attitude and the way he takes time to help you. He is always taking time to reinforce things and to encourage you.

Do you have a favorite memory or moment with your coach that you would like to share?

We were coming back from Virginia and we were stuck in traffic for a couple of hours and Coach [Jorgensen] decided that we were going to play softball trivia. We all were tired and sleepy but here’s Coach getting us to play softball trivia to keep our minds going and get us to laugh.

What advice would you give to future student-athletes who may be considering playing for your team/coach?

You have to be 100% committed and want to get better because you are going to work hard. The 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. practices are going to pay off in the long run and make you a better player and a better person. But you definitely have to be committed.

To learn more about SUNY Cobleskill and Fighting Tigers athletics, visit fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu.

*Information compiled by Mitch Tomaszkiewicz, SUNY Cobleskill Sports Information Director

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.