Luther College Head Coaches

Sigurd S. Reque - 1903

Inducted - 1964

  • Returned to Luther in 1906 as a teacher
  • In 1913 he became teacher and principal at Luther Academy, Albert Lea, Minn.
  • Elected to the Luther College faculty as a teacher and baseball coach in 1919
  • He was the head baseball coach until 1946
  • Also served the college as Athletic Director
  • Luther Distinguished Service Award - 1961

Hamlet E. "Coach Pete" Peterson - 1922

Inducted - 1964

  • Following his graduation from Luther in 1922 "Coach Pete" joined the faculty and taught in the college program and coached in the Preparatory Department
  • Three years later he assumed coaching responsibilities in the college, a career that would span 45 years.
  • He coached more than 100 teams as head coach of football, basketball, baseball and track
  • Following his retirement, the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference awarded him the 45-year Meritorious Service Award.
  • NAIA Helms Hall of Fame Citation from the Football Writers Association of America
  • Quarter-Century Leadership and Devotion Award from the American Association of College Baseball Coaches
  • Hall of Fame of the Iowa High School Coaches Association

Wilhem "Bill" Kristian Janson - Coach

Inducted - 1975

  • Born and educated in Norway
  • Member of Stord Turning Club
  • Coached gymnastics (turning) at Luther for 40 years, starting in 1924
  • His Luther teams won the Northwest Meet - Class C titles in 1929, 1931 and 1937 and finished second in 1956
  • Honored by the NCAA with a memorial resolution for distinguished service to athletics - 1971

Edsel Schweizer - Coach

Inducted - 1984

  • Loyal, dedicated and faithful servant of Luther College for 34 years
  • Hired as Dean of students, assistant football and basketball coach at Luther in 1950
  • Head football coach from 1952-1977 posting a record of 150-79-6
  • Led Norsemen to six Iowa Conference championships
  • Led Norsemen to Corn Bowl Championship
  • Coached 53 All-American/All-Lutheran players
  • Head coach of Luther track teams that won schools first and second league titles in 1957 and 1958
  • Director of Athletics at Luther College, 1966-1982
  • Professor Emeritus in 1984
  • Twice served in the U.S. Marine Corps

Gretchen A. Brockmeyer - 1965

Inducted - 1990

  • Luther professor and coach, 1968-79
  • Coached Luther field hockey, basketball, and swimming
  • Associate athletic director,  1976-78
  • Softball assistant coach, Springfield College, 1980-87
  • Named "Outstanding College/University Teacher", Eastern District Association, 1990

Kenton E. Finanger - Coach

Inducted - 1997

  • Head coach for 93 seasons of sports at Luther (head coach: track and field, basketball, cross country; assistant coach: football, basketball, baseball)
  • Coached NCAA III National Championship cross country team - 1985
  • Coached NCAA College Division National Track and Field team to a second place finish - 1965
  • Led 17 teams to the NCAA National Cross Country Championships finishing in the top-10 10 times

Davis W. Johnson - 1966

Inducted - 2001

  • Head Coach of wrestling from 1984-96
  • Also Head Coach of women's golf
  • Four-year letter winner in wrestling
  • Member of four Iowa Conference championship teams - 1963-66
  • Three-time Iowa Conference champion (1964 and 1966 - 123) (1965 - 130)
  • 1963 Iowa Conference runner up - 123
  • Three-time All-Lutheran Tournament champion
  • Individual record of 33-0 in dual meets
  • 1966 NCAA College Division All-American - 123

Paul Solberg - Coach

Inducted - 2001

  • Professor of Health and Physical Education - 1966-2001
  • During his tenure he coached five sports over 35 years that included 35 years as assistant football coach and 23 years as head baseball coach
  • Led Norse to three Iowa Conference baseball titles and three NCAA III national tournament appearances - 1983-85
  • Coached three Iowa Conference championship wrestling teams - 1967, 1975, 1979
  • Coached three NCAA Division III individual national champions and 14 all-America wrestlers
  • Named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in baseball (three times), wrestling (three times), and tennis
  • Recognized nationally as an innovator and leader in the field of adaptive physical education for young people

Jay McGrew - Coach

Inducted - 2003

  • Swim coach for Luther College - 1969-2001
  • Career coaching record (158-86-2)
  • Coached four NCAA Division III All-American swimmers and divers
  • Coached 12 NCAA Division III national meet qualifiers
  • Team won nine consecutive Iowa Small College Meet Championships - 1993-2001
  • 1982-83 team broke every school record; qualified 6 swimmers for national meet
  • Five undefeated seasons - 1974, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000
  • 35-3 record from 1990-95
  • Team won dual and invitational meets including Liberal Arts Invitational (precursor to the IIAC) - 1999-2000
  • Liberal Arts Invitational Champions - 2001
  • Iowa Small College Swim Coach of the Year - 2001

Betty Hoff - Coach

Inducted - 2004

  • Professor, coach, and athletic trainer, Luther College, 1961-2004
  • Head coach, Luther softball, 1969-2001
  • Coached Luther softball to four Iowa AIAW state softball championships - 1972, 1974, 1978, 1981
  • Led Luther to fifth place finishes at AIAW National Softball Championships - 1971, 1974, 1981, 1982
  • NCAA III Softball Championships fifth place - 1991
  • West Region National Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee - 1992
  • Career record 544-343-1
  • Iowa Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor Award - 1975
  • Internationally known for her achievements as athletic trainer
  • Served on numerous NCAA softball committees
  • Athletic trainer for Goodwill Games, Moscow - 1986
  • Named Luther's first Nena Amundson Distinguished Professor - 2001-04
  • Holds 13 records in track and field for Iowa Senior Games;
  • 2001 Senior Olympics, Baton Rouge, La., gold medal winner in 400-meter and 800-meter runs, silver medal in the 1500-meter run
  • 2003 Senior Olympics, Hampton Roads, Va., bronze medal in 400-meter and 800-meter runs

Susan Oertel - 1972

Inducted - 2006

  • Associate professor of health and physical education
  • Coached women's basketball from 1975-84 and women's tennis from 1975-2006
  • Developed one of the best women's tennis programs in the nation, posting a a career dual-meet record of 383-189
  • Led the Norse to four AIAW Iowa state championships
  • From 1983-2006, her teams captured 23 of 24 Iowa Conference championships
  • Named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year 12 times
  • ITA National Coach of the Year in 1992
  • Inducted into Missouri Valley Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004 and and the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Named as one of the Top 10 Iowa Coaches of the Century

Robert Naslund - Coach

Inducted - 2008

  • Served as head coach of track and field - 1967-79
  • Led Norse to 11 consecutive conference championships earning Coach of the Year honors eight times
  • Coached 81 individual conference champions, 13 conference relay champions, 168 all-conference athletes, five conference MVP's, 41 NCAA national qualifiers, eight all-Americans, and four NCAA Postgraduate Scholars
  • Served as head Luther football coach - 1978-95
  • Led Norse to 1978 conference title
  • 1978 named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year
  • At end of career ranked second for all-time wins at Luther - 88-83
  • Coached 90 all-conference players, two conference MVP's, eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, four NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, and three All-Americans