KANSAS CITY, MO. (May 1, 2017) - After leading his team to a national title in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Todd Lorensen, Southwestern Community College head men's basketball coach, has earned honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Lorensen is the NABC Coach of the Year for the NJCAA.
Lorensen, in just his third season at Southwestern, guided the Spartans to the first national championship in their history, winning the NJCAA Division II title in Danville, IL. Southwestern outscored its opponents by an average margin of 15.7 points in the tourney, closed the season with 13 straight wins and a 36-1 won-lost record.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.