Alma Mater: Grand View University
Todd Lorensen, former head coach at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA, and decorated head coach and Director of Athletics at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, will take over the Lancer men's basketball program starting in the spring of 2019
At the start of Lorensen's tenure at Southwestern, he took over the program less than a month before the start of the school year in 2014 and assembled a team that posted a solid 23-10 record. In just his second season he guided the Spartans to a school record 25 wins. The very next year, the team marched to a 36-1 overall record and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national title in 2016-17. Lorensen went on to earn District Eight NJCAA Coach of the Year, National NJCAA DII Coach of the Year, NABC National Junior College Coach of Year, IBCA (Iowa Basketball Coaches Association) College Coach of the Year, and Hoopdirt.com NJCAA Coach of the Year honors.
In addition, he was selected as head coach of the NJCAA All-Star Game and asked to present at various Nike coaching clinics, among greats like coaches Bobby Knight and Bo Ryan. In his four seasons, Lorensen posted an overall mark of 113-25 after the team had won just 39 percent of its games the previous five seasons. He also led the program to a 35-13 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference record and captured back-to-back conference titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Prior to taking over at Southwestern, Coach Lorensen served one season as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and also had stints as an assistant coach at Truman State University (2011-13), University of Nebraska-Omaha (2008-11) and Grand View University (2007-08).
Lorensen said he is excited for the opportunity and ready to hit the ground running. "I'd like to thank Dr. Long and Chris Kassin for the opportunity to join the Mount Marty community as the head men's basketball coach. The foundation has been built over the past few years by Coach Schilling and Coach Tharp, and I am excited to work diligently to continue taking the program to new and unprecedented heights."
Lorensen — who played basketball collegiately at Quincy University and Grand View University — holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, as well as a master's degree in business administration from Bellevue University.