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The 2019 season with be the 5th year under leadership from head coach Katie Anderson.

Regarded as one of the most decorated student-athletes ever to wear the Viking uniform, Anderson was named the new head coach of the NPU program for the 2015 season, succeeding 18-year veteran Dan Gooris, who now serves as an assistant coach.

Anderson completed a successful playing career for the Vikings. A four-year letter winner and starter at the shortstop position, Anderson carries numerous North Park softball records, including the most hits in a career (169) career RBI (111) and most home runs (12). She also ranks top-three in most home runs in a single season as well as triples in a career (12).

In addition to being the NP career-leader in hits, RBI and home runs, Anderson has the most doubles in a single season (14) as well as most doubles in a career with 40. She earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Education in the Spring of 2012 and pursued her studies as the team’s graduate assistant shortly after.

In 2013, Anderson was the graduate assistant on a staff that garnered recognition as the CCIW’s coaching staff of the year.

That season, the Vikings finished with one of their best records in history, posting an overall record of 24-12 while marking a 6-12 slate in the CCIW.

North Park finished the 2013 season on a hot streak, winning five of their last six games of the season, including a doubleheader sweep of North Central College in Naperville.

During the 2018 season, Anderson coached her first NFCA All-Region selection in sophomore shortstop Hayley Jackson.

Jackson posted a slash line of .424/.489/.678 while slugging 11 doubles, 5 triple, 3 homers, and 35 runs batted in. She also added 87 defensive assists, scored 24 runs, and struck out just 9 times in 118 at-bats.


Dan Gooris enters his 20th season with the North Park softball program, and his second as an assistant coach. As the North Park Director of Campus Safety and Security and the former police chief of the Lincolnwood, Ill., Police Department, Gooris has an outstanding Vikings’ background. He was a four-year starter playing the tight end position for the North Park football team and served as the team’s captain in 1971 and 1972. He was also a three-year starter for the North Park baseball team as a catcher, where he was a team captain in 1972, an NAIA All-American in 1971, a CCIW First Team All-Conference selection, and a member of the NAIA District 20 All-Star team. He also led the conference in hitting.

A member of the North Park Hall of Fame, Gooris also led his 1974 Chicago Hornets AABC team to a national runner-up finish, and was a member of the 2009 Men’s Senior Baseball World Series Championship team as well as the 2009 Roy Hobbs World Series team. He has participated in Senior League Baseball competition for the past 20 years and serves as a catching and hitting instructor.

Gooris’ coaching record is just as impressive. He coached baseball and football at Niles North High School and football at North Park. His North Park softball teams have produced 19 All-Conference players and four All-Region players, as well as over 40 CCIW Academic All-Conference players. Among these is his daughter Dana Wells, who was a two-time All-CCIW outfielder and a CCIW hitting champion. She married Ryan Wells, a former North Park football player, and has three children (Brady, Casey and Avery). Dana was inducted into the Viking Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Gooris' son, Danny, is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., was an eighth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds, and played in the San Diego Padres organization in 2002. Danny is currently a teacher and pitching coach at Libertyville High School. Gooris is married to Leslie (C’73), a former North Park volleyball player.


Ortinau enters her first year as a volunteer assistant coach after finishing a three-year career as a Vikings' starting pitcher. She was a three-year letter winner and carried a career-best and team-best 5.23 earned run average as a sophomore and led the team with 63 strikeouts. In addition, Ortinau was the recipient of the CCIW Merle Chapman Sportsmanship Award as a senior and was was nominated for the North Park University Female Sportsperson of the Year Award at the annual year-end senior awards ceremony this past spring.


Larsen enters her second year as the graduate assistant for the North Park University softball program.

As a player, Larsen pitched collegiately at Dominican College in New York. During her years as a Charger, she achieved multiple honors including being named to the CACC All-Tournament Team, being inducted into the New York Sigma Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, and being named team Captain during her junior and senior year.

Larsen graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology, along with a double minor in Mathematics and Biology. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s in Counseling Psychology.