Luther softball coaches have won an award

Posted: Thu, Jun 7, 2018 1:19 PM
(Left to right): Student coaches Bella Alvarado and Steph Meyer, Assistant Coaches Kristen Winter and Miranda McCay, Head Coach Renae Hartl, Associate Head Coach Teri Olson, Pitching Coach Tracy Hjelle and Athletic Trainer Amber Schnittjer

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named the Luther College softball coaching staff the 2018 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

This is the fifth time in the past nine years the Luther staff has been so honored. The Luther staff was also recognized for this award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Under head coach Renae Hartl, associate head coach Teri Olson, assistant coaches Tracy Hjelle, Miranda McCay and Kristen Winter and student assistants Bella Alverado and Steph Meyer, Luther went 43-11 to set a school record for wins and finished a program-best third in its fifth appearance at the NCAA Championship.

Hartl has just completed her 17th season as the Norse softball coach, compiling a record of 557-182, a winning percentage of .753.  During her tenure the Norse have won five Iowa Conference titles, seven Iowa Conference Tournament titles and have made 11 appearances in the National Tournament including a string of the last 10 years in a row.