Head Coach Todd Lorensen
Todd Lorensen was named head men’s basketball coach in August 2014 after a one-year stint as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant.
“This a tremendous opportunity for me. The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference is one of the premier leagues in the nation. I am excited to compete against top level teams night in and night out,” said Lorensen.
In his one season at Iowa Wesleyan, Lorensen took over a program that had only one returning player with college basketball experience and in the midst of a probationary period while in the transition from an NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division III. His team went 6-19 and had only one senior in the rotation.
Prior to that, Lorensen spent two seasons at NCAA Division II Truman State University, located in Kirksville, MO, where he teamed up with Head Coach Matt Woodley to turn around a program that had won just 24 games in the previous four seasons. It didn’t take long for progress to occur as Truman won its most games in a season (for the previous five seasons), during their first year. In 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 2013-2014, 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 recruited 2011-12 Freshman of the Year Seth Jackson. In 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, coached four all-conference selections, two all-region performers, and one all-American--current Spartan Assistant Coach Tyler Bullock.
His first coaching position came at his alma mater, Grand View University in Des Moines. During his one season on staff at Grand View, 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 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 included 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.