Alverno College Softball Camps
Ben Lipson was hired as the sixth head coach in the history of Alverno softball and enters his second season as head coach of the Inferno for the 2020 season.
During his first season with the program, Lipson helped the Inferno get off to the best start in program history as the team opened the season with an 8-3 start as the team went on to win 12 games total on the seaason. During the year the offense reached new heights with 198 runs scored, including 15 home runs. Following the season, senior Andie Vandertie '19 was named All-Conference second team following her 40-game campaign, while during the season classmate Carina Jimenez was named the NACC Position Player of the Week, while also earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top Performer of the Week accolades for the week of March 4-10.
Prior to Alverno, Lipson was a member of the softball staff at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons. During his stint with the Panthers, Middlebury amassed 78 wins including two postseason berths to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.
Prior to his most recent term at Middlebury, Lipson was on the Division I Quinnipiac staff in Connecticut, where he served as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from December of 2010 through July of 2012.
Lipson spent the 2010 softball season on the Middlebury staff, which came after a two-year stay as an assistant coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
He served as the head coach at Stephens College at the NAIA level from August 2007 through May of 2008 following a one-season term as the head coach at Independence Community College and as the Interim Head Coach at Mount Mercy College in the spring of 2004.
The University of Memphis-graduate got his coaching start as a volunteer assistant at Division I Bradley in 2002, followed by a one-year stop at UNC-Wilmington as an assistant coach in 2003.
Lipson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management in 2002 from Memphis, and later earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in August 2007 from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas.
Former Division I softball player Heather Sanderson returns to the Alverno softball staff for her second term for the 2020 softball season.
In her first season with the Inferno, Sanderson handled acting head coaching responsibilities during the interim period between Alverno's full-time hirees. Upon returning to her role as assistant, Sanderson was primarily responsible for the team's pitching staff which saw the four-player staff amass 130 strikeouts over 247 2/3 innings worth of work, while also assisting in part-time pitchers Sam Korn and Natalie Akin hone their craft. The team struck out 3.67 batters per seven innings, which was seventh best amongst NACC programs.
Sanderson came to Alverno following a one-year stint at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where she served as the team’s pitching coach. In addition, she also served as an athletic administrator in the area during her time in the area. During her time at Northland, Sanderson was selected to receive a Division III grant where she served the department as an administrative assistant, aided in a game management, and was also the co-advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In the summer of 2016, Sanderson was a human resources intern for the Green Bay Bullfrogs Baseball Club of the Northwoods League, and assisted in many facets of the organization. She has also volunteered at numerous camps and clinics following her collegiate career.
Originally from Michigan, Sanderson chose to attend Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay as a pitcher for the Phoenix. As a freshman she started 12 games and won six decisions while posting a 3.60 earned run average as she struck out 64 batters; and ultimately was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman team. She followed that up with a team-best nine wins in 21 starts as the team’s primary starting pitcher as she struck out 91 batters over 122 innings.
After her two-year stint with Green Bay, Sanderson transferred to Northwestern Ohio in the NAIA, where she continued her pitching dominance earning 35 wins in two seasons with 175 strikeouts over 338 1/3 innings while posting a 3.19 earned run average in that span.
She was a Dean’s List student-athlete, earning the academic distinction throughout her time in college, following her induction into the National Honor Society in high school.
Sanderson graduated from Northwestern Ohio with a degree in Sport Marketing and Management.