Lorensen Leaving MMU

Mount Marty head coach Todd Lorensen, left, discusses a play with seniors Elijah Pappas, 5, and Jailen Billings during the Lancers' Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game against Hastings in the 2020-21 season. MMU announced on Sunday that Lorensen had left to pursue other professional opportunities.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated with comments from Lorensen.

Mount Marty University head men’s basketball coach Todd Lorensen, who also had been serving as interim athletic director, has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities, according to a statement from MMU President Marc Long on Sunday.

“I understand Todd's decision, and I wish him all the success in the future,” Long said in the release. “I would like to extend our appreciation for all he's done for both the men's basketball program and Lancer athletics.”

Lorensen could not announce where he was headed at this point, but said that the move brings him closer to home and to where his son lives.

Lorensen said he learned many things from his time at the helm of the Lancers.

“There are many things from my time at Mount Marty that will be of value moving forward,” he said. “The ability to share a vision for a struggling program and putting that vision into place; relationships throughout the campus, Yankton community, and players will remain with me forever; as well as knowing that hard work, dedication, and belief can change the trajectory of a program.”

Longtime head baseball coach and sports information director Andy Bernatow will serve as interim athletic director, according to the release. He will work with Long and MMU executive vice president Bill Miller in selecting an interim men’s basketball coach.

Lorensen was 31-29 in two seasons at the helm of the Lancers, leading Mount Marty to a berth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament in each season. The Lancers advanced to the GPAC Tournament championship in 2020-21, losing to Northwestern in the final on March 2.

Lorensen had also served as interim AD since the departure of Chris Kassin. Kassin left MMU to become the vice president of external relations for the University of South Dakota Foundation, a move announced in mid-April.

MMU will begin searches to fill both positions in the near future, according to the release.


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Unceremoniously left both Iowa Wesleyan and Buena Vista after only one season, the Mount after only two. Looks like a pattern of Lorensen taking his ball and leaving whenever things don't always go the way he wants. This is a positive change for Mount Marty University and its supporters, and excited to see who takes the reigns of the Lancer program.

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