The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has released the 2013 Top 10 All-Academic Teams for the NCAA Division III. The Luther College softball team was ranked eighth with a cumulative team grade-point-average of 3.526.
With this honor, Luther became the only team in the NCAA III that finished the 2013 season ranked in the Top 10 All-Academic Team list, and the NFCA Division III Top 25 Final Poll released May 29, where the Norse were ranked sixth.
During the 2013 campaign, head coach Renae Hartl led Luther to an overall record of 33-11 and a fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA III National Finals where the Norse placed fifth. The national tournament appearance was the 14th in school history and sixth in the last seven years. Hartl, who will begin her 13th season this year, has a career record of 363-147 for a winning percentage of .712.