Renae Hartl

Renae Hartl portrait
Director Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Softball Coach

Office: Regents Center 215

Phone: 563-387-1244



The team has achieved five years of “the dream” by making it all the way to the final eight at the National Championships. And each year is as exciting as the last for me. I have been very fortunate to have such talented, hard-working, and driven young ladies choose Luther and compete for me over the past 18 years.

After my seniors finished their last collegiate game, I shared with them that I truly believe that it is not where the Luther College softball adventure ends because that is not what adventures are about. Our adventure is much larger than just winning conference titles and making a splash in the NCAA tournament each year; our adventure is much longer than just a four-year stint wearing blue for the Norse; our adventure is OURS and only our current team and the graduates can explain what they have when they leave. I love what I get to do everyday and hope that I get to do it for a very long time.

About Coach Hartl

  • The 2023 campaign will be her 21st season as Head Softball Coach
  • Also serves as the Director of Athletics
  • Coaching record of 587-192 for a winning percentage of .750.
  • Has served a four-year term on the NCAA Division III Softball Committee, where she chaired the 2016 softball season
  • Elected in 2017 to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Board of Directors as the Division III Chair

At Luther

  • Ranks 15th in the NCAA III for active coaches for career win percentage
  • Thirteen straight seasons with 30+ win seasons.
  • Five 40+ win seasons
  • Five appearances in the NCAA National Championship Finals (fifth in 2013, 2012 and 2010, seventh in 2011, third in 2018)
  • Five NCAA Regional Championships
  • Five-time Conference Coach of the Year (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Four-time Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Six Conference Championships (2007, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Six (of the last nine) Conference Tournament Titles (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Ten NCAA Tournament Bids (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Collectively, her athletes have earned 82 all-conference honors; 4 have been named Conference MVP; 3 have been named Pitcher of the Year; 74 NFCA Midwest Region selections; and 23 All-America honors

Coaching Prior to Luther

  • 2001 Masters degree, Minnesota State-Mankato (Sports Psychology)
  • Assistant Softball/Volleyball Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota (1999-2001)

Playing Career

  • 1999 bachelors degree from Wartburg College (Psychology, Physical Education)
  • Two-Sport student-athlete (8 varsity letters in volleyball and softball)
  • All-Midwest Region and All-Iowa Conference Shortstop
  • NCAA volleyball tournament appearances (1997, 1998)