Golden Eagle Women's Basketball
Jeff Soderquist enters his 16th season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at John Brown. A 1993 graduate of JBU, Soderquist spent two seasons as a student assistant and four years as an assistant coach with the men’s squad prior to being named head coach of the women’s team.
As the winningest coach in school history with 214 career wins, Soderquist and his team have celebrated many successes, including three trips to the NAIA I national tournament three times (2003-04, 2005-06, 2010-11). In the 2003-04 season, Soderquist’s squad won a team-record 21 games which earned him Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, his team has also established a number of other team records, including the most conference wins in school history with 14 in 2010-11, the best defensive team in school history, giving up a stingy 55.6 points per game in 2003-04, the most points scored in a season with 2,207 in 2003-04 and the best shooting team with a school record of 287 three-pointers in the 2002-03. Soderquist was also awarded the SAC Coach of Character Award in 2011.
A 1988 graduate of Rogers High School (Ark.), Soderquist was recruited to play basketball at JBU. A shoulder injury prevented him from taking advantage of that opportunity, but head coach John Sheehy requested that he join the team as a student assistant. Upon graduation, he became one of the men’s assistant basketball coaches and took over the head coaching responsibilities of the men’s tennis team. In the fall of 1994, he became Sheehy’s head assistant as well as JBU’s sports information director.
Soderquist and his wife, Amy, also a John Brown alumnus, have a daughter, Kacey, and a son, Breck. The Soderquists reside in Siloam Springs.
After 16 years experience in coaching at the junior and senior high school level, Von Eshnaur is beginning his 11th season with the women’s basketball program.
Eshnaur’s primary responsibilities are as the recruiting coordinator and has been instrumental in bringing in quality athletes to the program. Along with his coaching duties, Eshnaur is also in his seventh year as coordinator of the Walton Lifetime Health Complex, the fitness center on the campus of JBU. Eshnaur has also coached football, tennis, cross country, and baseball.
Eshnaur graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1986 after attending Northwest Arkansas Community College on a basketball and baseball scholarship. In 2012, Eshnaur completed a Master of Arts degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
Von and his wife, Dawn, have three boys: Benjamin, Christopher, and Nicholas.