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Coaching Staff

Mark FranzenMark Franzen

  • Office: Regents Center 216
  • Phone: (563) 387-1588
  • 1994 graduate of Wartburg College
  • Master's degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998
  • Eighth season as head coach
  • Led Norse to Iowa Conference Championships in 2011 and 2013; the 2011 Iowa Conference Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA III National Tournament for the first time since 1984.
  • Spent two years as head coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University prior to taking over the Norse program
  • Formerly an assistant coach at Wartburg College from 1998-2004 and Coe College from 1996-98
  • While at Wartburg, the Knights posted four 20-win seasons, captured the 2001 Iowa Conference regular season championship and tournament title, advancing to the NCAA III National Tournament
  • A native of Denver, Iowa and a 1994 graduate of Wartburg College, he was a member of the Knights 1992-93 Iowa Conference championship team that qualified for the NCAA III National Tournament

Tim SchuringTim Schuring

Assistant Coach

  • Office: Regents Center 217F
  • Phone: (563) 387-2128
  • 1988 graduate of Wartburg College
  • Master's degree from United States Sports Academy in 1999
  • Eighth season with the Norse program
  • Also serves as Wellness Educator
  • Joined Norse program and returned to collegiate coaching after spending one year as Associate Principal/Activities Director at Oelwein High School (2005-06)
  • Four years as Head Men's Basketball Coach/ Instructor of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Dakota State University (2001-05)
  • Three years as Head Coach/ Sports Management Instructor at The University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas (1998-2001)
  • Two years as Assistant Coach/Instructor of Physical Education at Iowa Wesleyan College (1996-98)
  • Seven years as head high school and secondary Social Studies Teacher in the states of Iowa and Illinois (1989-96)
  • 1988-89 Graduate Assistant at Central College, and 1986-1988 student assistant at Wartburg (under coach Buzz Levick)

Eric KariusEric Karius

Assistant Coach

  • Cell Phone: (563) 387-7810
  • Eighth season with the Norse program
  • Joined Norse after spending five years as the assistant boys basketball coach at Slinger High School, Slinger Wis.
  • During this five-year stretch, Slinger won one Parkland Conference championship and compiled an overall record of 74-37
  • Also serves as women's golf coach

Wade KooimanWade Kooiman

Assistant Coach

  • Cell Phone: (605) 270-0462
  • Fifth Season with the Norse Program
  • 2001 Graduate of the University of Mary, N.D.
  • Master's degree from the University of Mary in 2004
  • Was an assistant coach and head coach at Dakota State University from 2005-09. He was also an Instructor of Physical Education and Exercise Science
  • While earning his Master's degree, he was a graduate assistant coach at University of Mary where he played four years, finishing his career ranked sixth all-time for assists


Conner GoetzConner Goetz

Student Coach