Darren Sorenson
Darren  Sorenson

St. Ignace, Mich.

Assistant Coach

Graduate School:
Jacksonville State, 2002

Previous Work Exp.:
Arkansas, UCLA, Georgia State, Jacksonville State



No. 4 Seed Oakland Faces No. 5 Seed Fort Wayne on Sunday

The Golden Grizzlies were swept by the Mastodons during the regular season.


Oakland Welcomes Fort Wayne in Regular-Season Finale

The Golden Grizzlies will recognize their two seniors before the game.


Oakland Hosts Morehead State in BracketBusters Game

Saturday's game will tip at 5 p.m. inside the O'rena.


Golden Grizzlies and Bison Battle on Thursday in the O'rena

Oakland is riding a three-game winning streak.


Oakland Draws Morehead State in Ramada ESPN BracketBuster Game

The game will be played on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.


Oakland-Milwaukee at the O'rena

Golden Grizzlies battled the Panthers in #HLMBB play


Oakland vs. Western Illinois (Homecoming Game)

Oakland head coach Grag Kampe earned his 500th career win at home on Saturday during homecoming.


Men's Basketball vs BGSU

OU men's basketball took on BGSU in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on March 14.

Darren Sorenson completed his eighth season as men's basketball assistant coach and helped lead Oakland to a third-place finish in the Golden Grizzlies second season inside the Horizon League. He primarily works with the forwards and centers, along with handling scout team responsibilities.

Oakland reached new heights since Sorenson's arrival in 2007. The Golden Grizzlies won back-to-back Summit League regular season and tournament championships (2009-11), along with consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament (2010, '11). Oakland has reached the NCAA postseason in six of the last seven seasons, and posted an impressive 97-41 (.703) record in league play with Sorenson on the sidelines.

He owns a wide variety of experience in the coaching ranks, having worked under Stan Heath (Arkansas), Steve Lavin (UCLA), Lefty Driesell (Georgia State) and Mike LaPlante (Jacksonville State). Including Oakland head coach Greg Kampe, the last five head coaches Sorenson has worked for have accumulated over 2,000 wins for an average of close to 400.

During his time as an assistant coach, Sorenson has coached two conference players of the year, 16 players have reached 1,000 points and 24 all-conference players. He has guided three All-Americans, one Mid-Major Player of the Year and an NCAA assists champion and NCAA steals champion. Sorenson has seen four players taken in the NBA Draft over the last nine seasons.

Two post players earned Horizon League recognition in 2014-15 under Sorenson's tutelage. Senior center Corey Petros garnered All-Horizon League second team honors after leading the league in rebounding (8.2) for the second straight season. He also led the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.602) and double-doubles (10). Jalen Hayes was recognized on the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after leading the league with six freshman of the week selections. He led all rookies with 6.3 boards per game and scored 11.2 points per game in league play.

Frontcourt players have earned all-league first or second team accolades in 6 of 8 seasons that Sorenson has been on the sidelines for Oakland University. Multiple All-American and Conference Player of the Year Keith Benson and first-team all-league player Derick Nelson were each named Summit League tournament MVP and both are currently playing professional basketball overseas. A total of nine players have gone on to play professional basketball that worked under Sorenson.

Among his many accomplishments, two players have been named Sixth Man of the Year in The Summit League and SEC. Oakland reached 20 or more wins in four consecutive seasons from 2008-12, the first time the Golden Grizzlies have accomplished that feat. Recent recruit Duke Mondy was named The Summit League Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and led the country in steals.

Sorenson comes to Oakland after spending the previous five seasons at the University of Arkansas as the Director of Basketball Operations and served as assistant coach. With the Razorbacks, his responsibilities included scouting, budgeting and equipment, video coordination, direction of the program's summer camp schedule, along with individual instruction and recruiting.

Previously, Sorenson spent one season (2001-02) at Jacksonville State as the Director of Basketball Operations while also completing his master's work in general studies.

In 2001 he was presented with the opportunity to work as the head coach of the Qatar Junior National Team while also serving as an assistant on the national squad. The national team went undefeated and won the country's fist championship in the Gulf Coast Countries Tournament. The squad also won the under-21 Asian Championship and was one of 12 countries to qualify for the world championships in Japan.

Before Jacksonville State, Sorenson spent one season at Georgia State (1999-00) and UCLA (1998-99). He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater Mount Senario College (1996-98).

While serving as the top assistant coach, Sorenson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1995 at Mount Senario.

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