John Bassett will begin his third year at Heartland Community College. Under Coach Bassett’s leadership, Heartland’s softball program has posted a 96-36 record with a combined .371 team batting average, 116 home runs, and 210 stolen bases. Heartland pitchers have struck out 900 batters in 761.2 innings while dealing only 282 walks. Heartland captured the M-WAC conference championships and secured the best record in Region 24 each of Coach Bassett’s two seasons. He has coached three All-Americans, six All-Region players and 13 All-Conference players.
In his first season, he earned Region 24 Coach of the Year. He’s proud to have coached Hanna Mennenga who earned 2011 Regional Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Year, Conference Pitcher of the Year (2011) and Conference Freshmen of the Year (2011). He’s also proud to have coached Danielle Burge who earned Regional Player of the Year (2012) and Conference Player of the Year (2012), as well as Kate Mayes who earned Conference Freshmen of the Year (2012).
Bassett was previously head coach at Tabor College (Kansas) from 2007-10, where he was recognized for a brilliant recruiting strategy that helped the Bluejays break the school’s previous win record. Prior to his time at Tabor, Bassett was assistant softball coach at Patten University (California) from 2006-07 and head baseball and softball coach for the Sissach Frogs (Switzerland), guiding both organizations to better records, increased batting averages, and enhanced recruiting strategies. Bassett, an East Peoria native, possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Eureka College, and understands and advocates the importance of balancing high-level athletic performance with academic expectations at the college level. Heartland’s softball program maintained a cumulative team GPA of 3.13 last season.
Phone: (309) 831-8025
Email: John Bassett