John Bassett returns to Heartland Community College as the associate head softball coach, and is in his second stint with the program.
Bassett spent 2013-14 as the head coach at NCAA Division-I Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) where he led the Mastodons to a 40-15 overall record, a 13-4 mark in conference play, and a runner-up finish at the 2014 Summit League Softball Championships. During his one year at IPFW, Bassett coached the Summit League Pitcher of the Year, five first team all-conference players, and six total all-conference selections. Bassett’s squad defeated a ranked opponent (#16 Texas) for the first time in school history, and also held a school record RPI ranking of 54 while receiving votes in the USA/NFCA national pools for several weeks.
As the head softball coach at Heartland, Bassett led the program to a 144-48 record during his tenure, helped the Hawks capture the Mid-West Athletic Conference title in each of his three seasons, and won two coach of the year awards in his time at HCC. He coached five All-Americans, including three first team All-American selections, 10 all-region players, including three straight Region 24 Players of the Year, and 20 all-conference selections, including three straight M-WAC Players of the Year, three straight M-WAC Freshmen of the Year, and two M-WAC Pitchers of the Year.
In his third year as the head man in 2013, Bassett was named the M-WAC Coach of the Year as Heartland went 48-12 overall, tied a program best with only one loss in conference action (21-1), and went one to wins its fifth overall and third straight M-WAC championship. In 2012, the Hawks won a program-best 57 games (57-15), went 24-4 in the conference, and captured the program’s fourth overall and Bassett’s second straight M-WAC championship. In his inaugural season in 2011, Bassett was honored as the Region 24 Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to a 39-21 record overall, a 24-2 M-WAC mark, and their fourth straight Region 24 championship.
Prior to his time at Heartland, Bassett spent three years at Tabor College in Kansas, where he helped turn a program that was 1-20 prior to his arrival to a 16-25 team in his last year, while recruiting the entire squad for a 27-24 season a year after.
Bassett graduated from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois with a degree business administration. He is married to the former Kristine Birdwell, and the pair have four children: Nick, J.T., Hailey, and Emma.