Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 2, 2011) - John Brown University head women’s basketball coach Jeff Soderquist has been named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of Character for his work on and off the court during the 2010-2011 season.
“I am very honored by getting this recognition and feel there are a lot of wonderful coaches in the SAC and most certainly here at JBU that would be well deserving of this award,” says Soderquist. “There is no better avenue to teach young adults the lessons of life than through athletics. And I’m very blessed to come to a job each day that I can share my faith in Christ and be a part of my player’s lives during the highs and the lows of life.”
During his 14 years at the helm of the Lady Golden Eagle program, Soderquist has earned numerous accolades including being named SAC Coach of the Year in 2004. Soderquist also currently serves of the NAIA’s Champions of Character liaison for JBU.
Soderquist will now represent the SAC as the nominee for the NAIA’s National Coach of Character Award, which will be announced by April 1.
Criteria for Selection include the following:
1. Nominee must be a head coach of the NAIA institution.
2. The nominee must have been employed by the institution a minimum of 5 years.
3. The nominee must be clearly outstanding in:
a. embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative
b. methods of teaching character through sport
c. community leadership through volunteering, service or other means.