Sacred Heart Softball

Coach Les Olsen works with his team during Sacred Heart's Girls Softball Team's practice held at Cunningham Field in Vineland, Wednesday May 15, 2013. Photo/Dave Griffin

Keith Gorman was named athletic director at Cumberland County College in June.

He wasted little time in making what he hopes will be a successful first hire.

Gorman, on Monday, announced the hiring of former Sacred Heart High School softball coach Les Olson to head the college's softball team.

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Sacred Heart closed its doors this year due to low enrollment, but not before Olson and the sectional champion Lions won a school-record 31 games and reached the state Non-Public B final for a second straight season.

"I think if you don't know who (Les) is you're probably not paying attention to high school sports around here," Gorman said. "We've got some very good area high school softball coaches, and he's right up there with the best.

"With the unfortunate closure of Sacred Heart and us needing a softball coach, he's one of the first guys we reached out to and we're very lucky to have him here."

Olson, a Vineland resident, is a former Press Coach of the Year and won more than 200 games in his 10 seasons as head coach of the small Vineland Catholic school.

Sacred Heart won multiple division and conference titles in Olson's tenure and won the state Non-Public B title in 2012.

Olson has also been active in the Vineland and West Cumberland Little Leagues for years.

"When the job became available, I thought it was a good fit for me being in the Cumberland County and Vineland area," Olson said. "I will certainly be dealing with a lot of kids that I have dealt with in the past. I know the area and look forward to being able to coach a wide variety of kids from this area."

Gorman, an Absecon resident and former Holy Spirit athletic director, said he believes Olson could make an immediate impact on a team that went 12-17 last season and has struggled in recent years.

"He has a tremendous reputation," Gorman said. "Not only for high school softball but also for doing a lot of good things for the community. …It's a huge plus for us to have a coach like that on our staff."

Cumberland County is a Division III junior college and member of Region XIX and the Garden State Athletic Conference.

"I'm certainly excited about the opportunity to coach at the college level," Olson said. "I want to thank Keith for the opportunity. I'm excited to work with him going forward."

Gorman also coaches the Dukes' baseball team that has seen a huge turnaround in his three seasons with the team.

Don't be surprised to see similar results from Olson.

"We'll certainly try to do the best we can," Olson said. "I think we can turn this softball team into a contender for championships year after year."

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