Buena Vista University - Men's Basketball

Head Coach Todd Lorensen


Todd Lorensen
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Todd Lorensen was hired as Buena Vista University head men's basketball coach on April 10, 2018.

Prior to taking over at BVU, Lorensen spent four seasons as head men's basketball coach and Director of Athletics at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, where he quickly became one of the storied head coaches in the program's recent history.  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 in 2015-16, he guided the Spartans to a school record 25 wins.  That record didn't last long, as 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 8 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 2017-18, Lorensen's squad again made a deep postseason run by capturing a third-place national finish after going 29-8.  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, 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).

As a player, Lorensen played basketball collegiately for one season (2003-04) at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., and for three years at Grand View University where he scored over 1,000 career points, served as a team captain and was an Honorable Mention Academic All-Conference all three years.  He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration as well as a master's degree in business administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.