Former Spartan joins M State as head men's basketball coach
Former Spartan Shawn Sorenson has been named head coach of the Minnesota State Community and Technical College men’s basketball team. Sorenson was an assistant coach at M State during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He also played for two years with the Spartans under former coach Dave Retzlaff, from 2000 to 2002, with the team earning state tournament appearances both of those seasons. "I am looking forward to moving back to Fergus Falls and rejoining the Fergus Falls community and excited about the opportunities and path that lie ahead,” Sorenson said. During the 2016-17 season, Sorenson was the girls’ basketball assistant coach for Buffalo High School. “Shawn has been a part of M State Spartan basketball for many years as a fan, player and assistant coach, and we are thrilled to have him back to lead the program,” said M State’s Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Carrie Brimhall. “He is passionate about the game and the college, and he embodies the characteristics that we teach in our program.” Sorenson graduated from M State’s Fergus Falls campus in 2002 with an Associate of Arts degree and from St. Cloud State University in 2004 with a major in Business Computer Information Systems. Since 2005 he has worked for Unisys Corporation in Eagan as an SQL server database administrator. He is a native of Appleton, where he graduated from Lac qui Parle High School in 2000. Sorenson succeeds C.J. Peeters, who recently resigned after three seasons as head basketball coach to accept a position with Madden’s Resort in Brainerd.