Lorensen to take over men’s basketball program at Iowa Wesleyan College
Iowa Wesleyan College Athletic Director Mike Hampton announced this morning that the new head coach for men’s basketball will be Todd Lorensen.
Lorensen comes to IWC from Truman State University, an NCAA DII school in Kirksville, Mo., where he has been an assistant men’s basketball coach and the recruiting coordinator for two years.
An Iowa native — he is from Monroe — Lorensen has also served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Grand View University, and spent three years as an assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Now, he’s looking forward to taking on a new role as head coach.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be head coach at a great college that has had success in basketball over the years,” Lorensen said. “I look forward to a fresh start in the transition (to NCAA DIII), and to building the program.
“I’m from Iowa, and I’ve recruited in this state; it made perfect sense,” he added.
Lorensen’s experience in recruiting was an important factor for the IWC athletic department.
“We are pleased to have Todd join our Iowa Wesleyan College community and the community of Mt. Pleasant,” Hampton said. “We feel he will bring a lot of fresh, new ideas to the basketball program. His extensive background in the tri-state area will be tremendous for recruiting student-athletes to Iowa Wesleyan College.”
For his part, Lorensen aims to recruit players who come to Iowa Wesleyan College for more than basketball.
“When it’s all said and done, you want to be as competitive as you can,” Lorensen said. “But first I want to recruit high-character players who will do their job in the classroom.
“When you have people that are motivated off the court, that translates to motivation on the court, and putting in extra time,” he added. “When that happens, wins and losses tend to take care of themselves.”
With so many seniors graduating from the basketball team, Lorensen’s recruiting skills will be especially valuable for the Tiger team.
“It should be a young team (next year),” Lorensen said. He notes that there will be a transition period for him and the Tigers, with so many starters graduating, but that they will be competitive before long.
“In year two or three, we should be ready to compete at a high level,” he said.
While he is focused on recruiting, Lorensen hasn’t forgotten about the current players.
“The next step for me is to meet with the returners,” Lorensen said. “I need to develop a relationship with them — they’ve already committed to Iowa Wesleyan, and I want them to know that they’re a part of this as we move forward.”
As a player himself, Lorensen scored 1,000 points in three years at Grand View, where he transferred after one year at Quincy University.
He earned academic all-conference honors three times and was the team’s leader in both scoring and assists in each of his final two seasons.
He is still working on wrapping up a few things at Truman State, but he hopes to move to Mt. Pleasant by Monday.