Coaching Staff

Renae Hartl

Athletic Director/Head Softball Coach

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  • The 2018 campaign will be Coach Hartl's 17th year as head coach
  • During her career she has posted a record of 514-171 for a winning percentage of .750
  • In 2017 Luther made its 18th appearance in the national tournament and 10th in the past 11 years
  • Luther finished the 2017 campaign with an overall record of 41-5 and a final NCAA III national ranking of 12th
  • From 2010-2013 she led Luther to four consecutive appearance at the NCAA III National Championship Finals finishing 5th in 2013, 2012 and 2010; 7th in 2011
  • Five-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year - 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Has led the Norse to regular season Iowa Conference championships in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2007
  • Has led the Norse to IIAC Tournament titles in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Collectively, her athletes have earned 77 all-conference honors; 4 have been named Iowa Conference MVP; 3 have been named Pitcher of the Year; 69 NFCA Midwest Region selections; and 20 All-America honors
  • Ranks 39th for Winningest Coaches All-Divisions for Win Percentage .740
  • Ranks 15th in Division III for Winningest Active Coaches by Percentage and 32nd for Career Wins
  • Ranks 13th in Division III for Winningest Coaches All-Time by Percentage and 56th for Career wins

Teri Olson

Associate Head Coach

  • 2005 graduate of Luther College
  • 13th year with the program and third as associate head coach
  • Three-year letter winner for the Norse as an outfielder
  • Two-year co-captain
  • Also serves as Communications Assistant, Communications and Marketing

Tracy Hjelle

Pitching Coach

  • 1992 graduate of Iowa State University.
  • The 2018 campaign will be Tracy's 24th year as Luther's pitching coach
  • Her pitching staff has posted the fourth best ERA in the NCAA III in 2010 (1.08) and 2011(1.39,) 14th best in 2012 (1.62), and seventh best in 2015 (1.44) and 2017 (1.39)
  • Luther's pitching staff has led the Iowa Conference with the best ERA five times -  2010 (1.11), 2011 (1.39), 2012 (1.62), 2015 (2.57), and 2016 (1.67)
  • In 2010, the Norse pitching staff set a single season school record for strikeouts with 406
  • Has coached four All-Americans, three Iowa Conference Pitcher of the Year selections and 14 all-conference honorees
  • Pitched three seasons for the Iowa State Cyclones earning All-Big Eight academic honors
  • Named co-captain her senior year

Miranda McCay

Assistant Coach

  • 2016 graduate of Luther College
  • Second year as assistant coach
  • Four-year letter winner for the Norse
  • 2016 NFCA Third Team All-American
  • 2016 Iowa Conference Position Player of the Year
  • Four-time all-conference selection

Bella Alvarado

Student Coach

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