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Sorenson signs on with University of Portland

Former Clackamas High star will assist Pilots
by: EWU Cheryl Sorenson

PORTLAND - Clackamas High alumnus Cheryl Sorenson, who played collegiately at the University of Washington, has joined the University of Portland's women's basketball staff as an assistant coach.

'I'm very excited to be back in Portland and to have the opportunity to work with Coach [Jim] Sollars and the Pilots,' said Sorenson, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Eastern Washington University. 'Being a native of the Portland area, I have always admired the University of Portland and its strong tradition of excellence, both on and off the court.'

'We are thrilled and very fortunate to have Cheryl join our staff,' said Sollars. 'She brings extensive experience to our program, especially working with post players. As a Portland native and a graduate of UW, she also has an abundance of experience and knowledge recruiting in the Pacific Northwest, which is an area of emphasis for us. We expect her to fit in very well.'

While at Eastern Washington (2007-2011), Sorenson assisted in every aspect of the program, coaching both posts and guards, and serving as recruiting coordinator. She helped lead the Eagles to the 2010 Big Sky regular season title.

Prior to landing with the Eagles, Sorenson served as head coach of the women's team at Bellevue Community College (2005-07). After winning just four games Sorenson's first year, the Bulldogs won 22 games the next season, and they went 26-5 in 2007. Her coaching peers named her NWAACC North Division Coach of the Year after the turnaround.

Prior to arriving at BCC, Sorenson served as the head coach of the girls' team at Eastside Catholic High School, also located in Bellevue.

Sorenson graduated from Washington (2003) with degrees in communications and psychology. She was a wing for the Huskies and she was a team captain during her junior and senior seasons.

Sorenson helped lead the University of Washington to two NCAA Tournaments, including the 2001 Regional final, and a pair of WNIT berths. She garnered Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention accolades during her final season at the school.

While at Clackamas High School, Sorenson earned multiple All-American honors, while landing on the all-state first team and all-state tournament team two years in a row.

Sorenson finished her high school career with 1,968 career points, and she led the state of Oregon (24.8 ppg) in scoring during her junior campaign. Her season and career (1994-1998) scoring records at Clackamas still stand today.