Men's Basketball

Darren Sorenson
Darren Sorenson

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
6th Season

Twitter:
@CoachSorensonOU



03/08/2013

No. 4 Seed Oakland Faces No. 5 Seed Fort Wayne on Sunday

The Golden Grizzlies were swept by the Mastodons during the regular season.

03/01/2013

Oakland Welcomes Fort Wayne in Regular-Season Finale

The Golden Grizzlies will recognize their two seniors before the game.

02/22/2013

Oakland Hosts Morehead State in BracketBusters Game

Saturday's game will tip at 5 p.m. inside the O'rena.

02/06/2013

Golden Grizzlies and Bison Battle on Thursday in the O'rena

Oakland is riding a three-game winning streak.

02/04/2013

Oakland Draws Morehead State in Ramada ESPN BracketBuster Game

The game will be played on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.

11/10/2012

Oakland defeats Albion in home opener

Oakland's home opener vs. Albion.

01/26/2013

Oakland vs. Western Illinois (Homecoming Game)

Oakland head coach Grag Kampe earned his 500th career win at home on Saturday during homecoming.

03/14/2012

Men's Basketball vs BGSU

OU men's basketball took on BGSU in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on March 14.

Darren Sorenson enters his seventh season as men's basketball assistant coach. He primarily works with the back and frontcourts, along with handling scout team responsibilities.

OU has reached new heights since Sorenson's arrival in 2007. The Golden Grizzlies won back-to-back Summit League regular season and tournament championships (2009-11), along with consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament (2010, '11). Oakland has reached the postseason in five straight seasons and won 127 games, its greatest six-year stretch.

He owns a wide variety of experience in the coaching ranks, having worked under Stan Heath (Arkansas), Steve Lavin (UCLA), Lefty Driesell (Georgia State) and Mike LaPlante (Jacksonville State). Including OU coach Greg Kampe, the last five head coaches Sorenson has worked for have accumulated an amazing 1,723 wins, an average of 345.

During his time as an assistant coach, Sorenson has coached two conference players of the year, 16 1,000-point scorers and 22 all-conference players. He has guided three All-Americans, one Mid-Major Player of the Year and an NCAA assists champion and NCAA steals champion. Sorenson has seen four players drafted in to the NBA during his coaching days in the last six NBA drafts. In the last seven seasons on the sidelines, Sorenson's teams have made four championship game appearances and been to the postseason in 6-of-7 years.

Over that span of six years, his teams have won an average of 21 games per season. Keith Benson and Derick Nelson were eached named Summit League Tournament MVP during his tenure at Oakland and both are currently playing professional basketball. A total of eight players have gone on to play professional basketball that worked under Sorenson's tutelage.

Among his many accomplishments, two players have been named Sixth Man of the Year in The Summit League and SEC. OU reached 20 or more wins in four consecutive seasons from 2008-12, the first time the Golden Grizzlies have accomplished that feat. Recent recruit Duke Mondy was named The Summit League Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and led the country in steals.

Sorenson comes to OU after spending the previous five seasons at the University of Arkansas as the Director of Basketball Operations and served as assistant coach. With the Razorbacks, his responsibilities included scouting, budgeting and equipment, video coordination, direction of the program's summer camp schedule, along with individual instruction and recruiting.

Prior to Oakland and Arkansas, Sorenson spent one season (2001-02) at Jacksonville State as the Director of Basketball Operations while also completing his master's work in general studies.

In 2001 he was presented with the opportunity to work as the head coach of the Qatar Junior National Team while also serving as an assistant on the national squad. The national team went undefeated and won the country's fist championship in the Gulf Coast Countries Tournament. The squad also won the under-21 Asian Championship and was one of 12 countries to qualify for the world championships in Japan.

Before Jacksonville State, Sorenson spent one season at Georgia State (1999-00) and UCLA (1998-99). He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater Mount Senario College (1996-97 - 1997-98).

While serving as the top assistant coach, Sorenson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1995 at Mount Senario.

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