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Mountain View High tabs former professional baseball player as next softball coach

Mountain View softball coach Sam Christensen
Mountain View softball coach Sam Christensen

There will be no shortage of experience in the dugout when Mountain View High opens the 2018 softball season next spring.

Former professional baseball player and Colorado State University-Pueblo hall of famer Sam Christensen was recently named the Mavericks’ new varsity coach.

He replaces Tim Souza, who left to become an assistant softball coach at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

In the 2001 MLB Draft, Christensen was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first pick of the 24th round. He went on to play two years in the Pirates’ minor-league organization.

At CSU-Pueblo, Christensen earned the distinction of becoming the only two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year in conference history. He batted .471 as a senior and led the nation in hits as a corner infielder.

Christensen was an assistant softball coach for the Mavericks in 2017 and served as an assistant strength training and wrestling coach from 2008-12. He also spent one season as Mountain View’s head wrestling coach in 2013.

Christensen, who currently plays professional softball, is a special education teacher at Mountain View.

“I am towards the end of my career. I love the game, and I love working with kids,” said the 37-year-old Christensen. “The last couple of years I’ve been coaching my daughter’s basketball teams. Getting involved with the female side of things has been fun. Their energy is electric, and I just love working with kids.”

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX