Todd Lorensen, head coach of the Southwestern Community College men's basketball team, remains a busy man following the Spartans National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII National Championship victory in Danville, IL, on March 25, 2017. Lorensen has received a number of post-season accolades following his record-breaking season at the helm of the Spartans—being named the HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Year by The Hoop Group, acting as guest speaker for two upcoming Nike Clinics, and coaching the 2017 NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in late-April.
On March 31, 2017, Lorensen was named HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Year. Lorensen qualified for the HoopDirt award after being named as the HoopDirt.com/Hoop Group Coach of the Week for week eight in this year's basketball season. On its Web site, HoopDirt attributes Lorensen's selection, as Coach of the Year, to the Spartans 36-1 record for the season, Southwestern's first NJCAA National Championship, the fact the Spartans did not lose a game at home all season, and the team's new school record for wins. HoopDirt.com is a Web site, created and operated by college basketball coaches, focusing on issues pertinent to those in the college basketball community.
Lorensen's speaking engagements will begin with the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic on April 7-9, at Avila University, Mabee Fieldhouse, in Kansas City, MO. Lorensen, who will present on Saturday, April 8, will be in great company, speaking prior to Greg McDermott, Creighton University head men's basketball coach, on the topic, "Our Half Court Defensive Philosophy with Drills." McDermott will cover "Man-to-Man Offensive Concepts" following Lorensen's talk.
The second Nike Championship Basketball Clinic Lorensen is speaking at will be held in Las Vegas, NV, April 28-30, at Orleans Arena, in conjunction with the national all-star games. Lorensen will speak to his peers about "Positionless Offense: Creating and Exploiting Mismatches through Motion and Set." As a speaker at this clinic, Lorensen will be in the company of coaching greats Bob Huggins, West Virginia; Bo Ryan, Wisconsin (retired); and Bruce Weber, Kansas State.
The 2017 NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game will be played in Orleans Arena, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Lorensen will coach the game with NJCAA DIII's national winning coach, Tim McGraw, from North Lake College in Irving, TX. The game will feature 12 NJCAA Division I sophomores vs 12 NJCAA Division II/DIII sophomores. Southwestern sophomore Jordan Johnson, of Des Moines, will be playing for the Division II/DIII team.