Sorensen Named Assistant Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Trent Sorensen, a veteran prep volleyball coach in the state of Texas and former collegiate player at BYU, has been named an assistant coach with the K-State volleyball program, head coach Suzie Fritz announced.

Sorensen replaces former assistant coach Jeff Hulsmeyer, who accepted the associate head coach position at Florida State in January.

"We are excited to welcome Trent and his family to K-State," said Fritz. "Trent quickly caught our attention over the last several years as a dynamic prep volleyball coach in Texas. We have been impressed with his high degree of character and work ethic as well as his abilities as a teacher with a positive and likeable personality. In addition, Trent has had excellent learning experiences as both a volleyball player and coach and is well versed in our systems and styles of play.  We strongly believe that he will make an immediate impact on the success of our program in many ways, and that he will work to build positive and lasting relationships with current and future Wildcats.

"Also, we are so thankful to have had Coach Jeff Hulsmeyer as an integral part of our program for the past six years," added Fritz. "Our program is in a better place after having him in it. He is a dear friend, an exceptional coach and an even better person, and we will all miss his day-to-day contributions to our team and staff. Florida State has provided him with an excellent opportunity for continued professional growth, and we wish him all the best."

Sorensen arrives in Manhattan after having spent the last six years serving as a coach with the Tejas Volleyball club program in North Richland Hills, Texas. Sorensen has worked with the club's teams within the 15- and 17-year-old age groups, including the last two years as the head coach of the top 15's squad. 

"I'm excited and humbled by the opportunity to join K-State," said Sorensen. "I have been fortunate to get to know Suzie and [associate head coach] Jeff Grove over the last few years, and I really like their approach to the game and what they have consistently done with the K-State volleyball program."

As a member of BYU's men's volleyball team from 2006 to 2008, Sorensen played in 86 matches and averaged 1.26 kills and 1.25 blocks per set. In his senior year, the 6-7 middle blocker and team captain started all 30 matches, missing just one set, and was second on the team in attack percentage (.381) and blocks (140 total). He was named an all-league honorable mention in his final year at BYU while helping the Cougars finish with a No. 4 national ranking in the AVCA poll.

"One of my goals with K-State is to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament," said Sorensen. "The school has consistently been able to reach the tournament, and I want to help work towards elevating the program to the next level."

A native of Fontana, California, Sorensen is a prep product of Highland (CA) High School as well as the Santa Monica Beach Club Team before moving on to BYU.

"I am happy for Trent, as he and his family begin this new adventure," said Utah State women's volleyball head coach Grayson DuBose, who was an assistant coach with BYU during Sorensen's time with the Cougars. "He is one of the good guys in our sport. When I had the opportunity to coach him at BYU, he was one of the hardest working guys in our gym, and he made himself into a great player by putting the effort it takes to become good. I know that he will put the same effort into the Kansas State volleyball program. The team and the fans of K-State are getting one of the brightest coaches out there."

Sorensen will officially begin his new role with the Wildcats on February 24, and Fritz anticipates the entire Sorensen family playing a role in K-State volleyball.

"In addition, we are hopeful that as Trent and his family make the transition to K-State, his wife, Kim Sorensen, will also be involved with our program as a volunteer assistant coach to assist with the training and development of our athletes in the near future."

Kim, formerly Kim Wilson, played collegiately at BYU from 2004 to 2006. An All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior in 2006, she has coached within the Tejas Volleyball program for the last four years, working with the 15 and 17 teams.

Trent and Kim have three children, Aiden, Sienna and Reece.