NEAC Coaches Corner: Michael Jorgensen

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 Development ICE Award for Commitment and received United University 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, NY) 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 of her 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 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 a 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 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 home, 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 us students. He is always taking time to reinforce things and to encourage us.

Do you have a favorite memory with your coach?
We were coming back from Virginia and the bus was stuck in traffic for a couple hours when 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 getting us to laugh.

What advice would you give to future 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 here. The 6am and 7:30am practices are going to pay off in the long run and make you a better player – and a better person.


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

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