Dakota Wesleyan University announced the hiring of Derek Lien on Friday as its next softball coach.

Lien has nearly 20 years of experience with fastpitch softball and was an assistant coach last season for the Tigers. He inherits a team that finished 8-13 last season before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be shut down.

Lien coached pitchers, as well as assisted in daily practice schedules and set monthly and annual goals for all players during his one year as assistant coach. The Tigers are set to return 11 players next year, along with a 12-player signing class.