Head Coach Todd Lorensen
Todd Lorensen was named head men’s basketball coach at Southwestern in August 2014, after a one-year stint as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. Lorensen was happy to take over at the helm of the Spartans basketball program.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me,” stated Lorensen when arriving on campus. “The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference [ICCAC] is one of the premier leagues in the nation. I am excited to compete against top level teams night in and night out.”
It didn’t take long for the Lorensen era to bring excitement with a 120-point outburst in the season opener. It was the first of nine consecutive wins to start the season which helped propel the Spartans to the #11 ranking in the NJCAA Division II polls. It was the first of six consecutive weeks in the rankings, three of which were in the top 10.
Despite taking over less than a month before the start of school, Lorensen assembled a team that went 23-10 and reached the semi-finals of the ICCAC Regional Tournament. The Spartans accomplished many feats that hadn’t occurred in more than a decade, including a 20-win season, a .500 or better league record, winning a home regional tournament game, and spending six consecutive weeks in the national polls.
Five players were honored for their performances throughout the season: Jaylon Smith was named first team all-region; Mataika Koyamainavure was named second team all-region; Ahmad Newsome and TJ Bower earned honorable mention all-region; and Jok Kut was named to the all-regional tournament team. Koyamainavure was awarded the college’s Paul Somers Male Athlete Award, which is given annually to the top Southwestern athlete as voted on by coaches and administration.
In addition to their work on the court, the Southwestern men took care of business in the classroom and volunteered numerous times in the community. Volunteer projects included an Alzheimer’s walk, Special Olympics basketball camp, and an Autism 5K. Six members of the team were named academic all-region.
In his one season at Iowa Wesleyan, Lorensen took over a program including just one returning player with college basketball experience. In the midst of a probationary period while transitioning from an NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division III, his team went 6-19, with only one senior in the rotation.
Prior to that Lorensen spent two seasons at NCAA Division II Truman State University, located in Kirksville, MO. There he teamed up with Head Coach Matt Woodley to turn around a program with just 24 wins during the previous four seasons. It didn’t take long for progress to occur as Truman won more games during that first season than in the previous five. Year number two they exceeded that win total again and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in six seasons. Those two seasons laid the foundation for Truman’s 20-win season, in 2013-14, after Lorensen departed for Iowa Wesleyan. Lorensen was instrumental in the development of 2013-14 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year Mike Carlson who is now on his third pro contract overseas. In addition, Lorensen successfully recruited 2011-12 Freshman of the Year Seth Jackson. During his time in Kirksville, he coached four all-conference players.
Lorensen spent three seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) under Head Coach Derrin Hanson. During his time at UNO the team had a combined record of 58-29, won a conference tournament championship, qualified for the NCAA tournament, had four all-conference selections, two all-region performers, and one all-American—former Spartan Assistant Coach Tyler Bullock.
His first coaching position came at his alma mater, Grand View University in Des Moines. In his one season on staff he helped one player earn all-American honors and three players to all-conference accolades. Lorensen’s lone recruiting class proved to be as good as any in the history of Grand View. It included one junior college all-American and three all-region performers from the ICCAC. That group led the Vikings to more than 50 wins in two years, back-to-back conference titles, and two sweet 16 appearances at the NAIA National Tournament.
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 has coaching in his pedigree as his dad has been the head coach at Prairie City-Monroe (PCM) High School for over three decades while accumulating 534 career wins, 10 state tournament appearances, and one state championship.