Tess Soefje is in her first season as Sam Houston State's pitching and catching coach.
Soefje (Sef-gee) spent the 2019 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Illinois where she worked with the Fighting Illini pitchers and catchers. She is also the Bearkats’ recruiting coordinator.
Before joining the staff at Illinois, Soefje spent two years as a graduate student at Ole Miss. She worked with pitchers and catchers, and as a former collegiate player at UTSA, she helped mentor players with mental preparation for games and off-the-field issues of college softball.
While at Ole Miss, Soefje also coordinated apparel and equipment management, assisted with the director of operations on game day and recruiting events and assisted with managing team travel.
Soefje was a three-year starter at catcher for the Roadrunners after transferring from Houston. She hit 20 home runs in 152 career starts and ended her career as the NCAA record holder for hits-by-pitch per game.
The Frisco native was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar and was named to the Conference USA Honor Roll at both UTSA and Houston. She graduated from UTSA with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2016 and also earned a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Mississippi in 2018.
Soefje professionally in the inaugural season (summer of 2018) of the American Softball Association (ASBA) professional league. She was drafted in 14th round and started 22 of 27 games at catcher, led the league in hit by pitch (11) and had an on base percentage of .393. She was an inaugural ASBA All-Start Game participant and her team was the 2018 regular-season champions and tournament runner-up.
Soefje also played in the 2019 Women’s European Cup on August 19-24 2019, in Dunpnitsa, Bulgaria. She played with a team based out of Denmark, the Horsholm-Barracudas, that featured a lineup with the majority of the players coming from the Danish national team. It was a weeklong tournament where nine teams competed for the championship. Soefje hit a team-leading .500 with six doubles and started all nine games behind the plate. She also led the league in several categories including third in the tournament in batting average, third in slugging (.929), first in on base (.696) second in doubles, fourth in walks (five), and first in hit by pitch (four). The Barracudas were only the second Danish team to medal, bringing home the bronze.