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COACHING STAFF

KATIE ANDERSON  |  HEAD COACH

Anderson enters her third season as head coach of the Vikings after serving as the graduate assistant. Prior to her GA position, 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.


DAN GOORIS  |  ASSISTANT COACH

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.


KATY ORTINAU  |  ASSISTANT COACH

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.
 


MICHELLE FARRELL-FINK  |  PITCHING COACH

Farrell-Fink, the newest addition to the North Park coaching staff, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the program. She enters her first year with the Vikings after a successful playing career at the University of Louisiana – Monroe and coaching experiences that include being the Head Coach at Ridgewood High School, as well as Loyola Academy. Farrell-Fink received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from ULM in 2010. She is currently a Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director at Scammon Elementary School.
 


OLIVIA BELL  |  GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH

Bell enters her 2nd year as an Assistant Coach for the North Park University Softball program. Bell brings a wealth of experience to the Vikings coaching staff after completing a successful playing career at Loyola University in Chicago. While a Rambler, Bell collected multiple honors including being named to the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team her freshman year, All-Conference Team, All-Tournament Team, and Academic Honor Roll. Bell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications degree from Loyola University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education degree from North Park University.