Todd Lorensen, originally from Monroe, has been announced as the next head coach for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) men’s basketball program. Lorensen will succeed Mike Holmes, who left SWCC this summer, after seven years at the helm of the Spartans, to become head coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Lorensen, a Prairie City-Monroe High School graduate, heads to SWCC from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, where he has been the head men’s basketball coach and assistant sports information director for the past year. Prior to coaching at Iowa Wesleyan, he spent two years as assistant men’s basketball coach at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he helped the team qualify for the MIAA conference tournament for the first time in six years. At Truman State, he also served as a health & exercise science instructor. Lorensen has coaching experience at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Grand View University in Des Moines as well.
Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, is enthused about the coaching experience Lorensen will bring to the Spartan basketball program.
“I am very excited about having Coach Lorensen in our athletics department,” Krejci stated. “He brings seven years of college coaching experience to our basketball program.”
Lorensen shares Krejci’s enthusiasm and is ready to hit the ground running for the Spartan program.
“I'm extremely excited to join the SWCC and Creston communities,” Lorensen explained. “The ICCAC [Iowa Community College Athletic Conference] is one of the premier leagues across the country and I look forward to competing against top level competition every year. I believe SWCC has a great future and I'm eager to get started.”
As a player, Lorensen played one year, from 2003-04, at Quincy University in Quincy, IL, and three years for Grand View University in Des Moines. Highlights during his college career at Grand View include serving as team captain; being named a Champion of Character; being named honorable mention and academic all-conference all three years; and achieving the 1,000 point club.
Lorensen will begin recruiting immediately for the Spartans.