MILWAUKEE – Alverno College Director of Athletics Heather Parkinson has announced the hiring of Ben Lipson as the sixth head coach in the history of the Alverno softball program.
"I look forward to Ben joining our team," noted Parkinson. "His prior coaching experiences have prepared him well to lead the Inferno softball team, and his unparalleled enthusiasm and passion for the game were evidenced from the moment I met him."
Lipson takes over an Alverno program that recorded 14 wins in 2017, including six victories in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play. As a team, Alverno hit over .275 and had an on-base percentage of .345; while the pitching staff posted a 4.32 earned run average and 150 strikeouts in 240 innings.
"I am extremely thrilled and blessed to be named as the Head Softball Coach at Alverno College," commented Lipson. "I would like to thank Heather Parkinson, [Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students] Wendy Powers and the entire search committee for allowing me to have the opportunity to lead this group of remarkable women."
With over a decade of postgraduate experience, Lipson comes to Alverno from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach on the Panther staff for the past four seasons. During his stint with the Panthers, Middlebury amassed 78 wins including two postseason berths to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, while the team also led the NCAA Division III ranks in doubles per game.
Prior to his most recent term at Middlebury, Lipson was on the Division I Quinnipiac staff in Connecticut, where he served as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from December of 2010 through July of 2012.
Lipson spent the 2010 softball season on the Middlebury staff, which came after a two-year stay as an assistant coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
He served as the head coach at Stephens College at the NAIA level from August 2007 through May of 2008 following a one-season term as the head coach at Independence Community College and as the Interim Head Coach at Mount Mercy College in the spring of 2004.
The University of Memphis-graduate got his coaching start as a volunteer assistant at Division I Bradley in 2002, followed by a one-year stop at UNC-Wilmington as an assistant coach in 2003.
Lipson earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management in 2002 from Memphis, and later earned his Master's Degree in Kinesiology in August 2007 from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.