BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Tracy Dill has announced Jordan Petersen as the next head coach of the BSU softball program.
A Brooklyn Park, Minn. native, Petersen begins her first head coaching job after four seasons as a collegiate assistant coach within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and seven years as a private instruction and club coach.
She will officially begin her duties at BSU July 14.
“We are pleased to be bring Jordan onto our staff as the head coach of our softball program,” said Dill. “During a very competitive search process it became clear that Jordan was the right person for our program at this time. She understands the NSIC and how to recruit in our region,” added Dill. “I am confident that she has the leadership ability and experience to step in and continue to move Beaver Softball forward.”
“I am super excited for this opportunity,” said Petersen. “I am grateful that Tracy (Dill) and the rest of the hiring committee has faith in me and trusts me to run a successful program here at Bemidji State.”
“As a player and coach in the NSIC since 2012, I know the league well. I have seen first-hand the level of competition and learned what it takes to build an elite culture. I also know what Bemidji State is capable of and understand the caliber of players we need to be successful.” Petersen continued, “I think that knowledge gives me a huge advantage.”
In two seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Petersen was the team’s recruiting coordinator. Not only was she responsible for identifying and evaluating potential recruits throughout the region, she was also the first point of contact in the recruiting process, and arranged campus visits. Her duties at MSU Moorhead also included coordination of travel, scouting opponents, team equipment, academic performance, and handled fundraising activities. She also served as the team’s hitting and infield coach, creating and conducting practice regimen and providing individual hitting instruction.
During her time at MSUM she was responsible for the commitments of nine student-athletes and saw a total of 12 student-athletes earn Academic All-NSIC accolades and a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
From 2017 to 2019, Petersen served as the graduate assistant coach as Northern State University. In addition to recruiting, travel coordination, program budgeting, community involvement coordination and academic performance, she was the team’s primary hitting and catching coach. During her time at NSU the Wolves posted their best team batting average in over 20 years at .312, set a team record for hits and home runs in a season, and one individual set a program record for home runs in a season. In the circle, NSU broke four program single-season pitching records and trimmed nearly one run from its team ERA. The Wolves recorded back-to-back appearances in the NSIC Tournament and recorded their first conference tournament opening-round win, while four individuals were selected to the All-NSIC Team, 25 garnered academic all-conference honors and one was selected as an Academic All-American.
Petersen also has an extensive background as a youth skills instructor and club coach. From 2013 to 2016 Petersen not only conducted individual skill development through camps and clinics at the Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, she also served as the head coach of the Minnesota Force 16U team. During her time as head coach, she led the team Premier Midwest Regional Championships qualification and a Ringneck Invitational title in Sioux Falls, S.D. Eight members of her Force teams went on to earn college scholarships at the NCAA Division I or II levels. Since 2019, Petersen has remained active in skill development as a private hitting and catching instructor at The Ball Yard Training in Fargo, N.D.
Petersen is a 2016 graduate of Winona State University with a degree in health and physical education and a coaching minor. She was a member of the WSU softball team and helped lead the Warriors to a pair of NSIC Tournament Championships, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a 2013 NCAA Super Regional second place finish. She left WSU as a three-time Winona State Presidential Scholar-Athlete, a two-time Academic All-NSIC selection and as a catcher, owns the program’s career fielding percentage leader at .996. Petersen also completed her Master’s Degree in sports performance and leadership at Northern State in 2019. Petersen is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and WeCoach.
Petersen succeeds Brittany Gomez-Olson, who left the program after three seasons.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).