Mark Franzen

The 2017-18 season will mark my twelfth year at Luther College. During our time here at Luther, we have been blessed with great student-athletes that have built our program. We posted the best four-year stretch in Luther Basketball history with 71 wins from 2010-14.

Another key aspect to our success has been the support of our alumni, parents, and friends of the program. The support we have received has allowed our student-athletes to have a great experience at Luther College!

Coaching at Luther

  • Twelfth season as head coach
  • The Norse posted more conference and tournament wins (46) than any other IIAC school from 2010-14.
  • 2013 and 2011 Iowa Conference Champions
  • Led Norse to a 2011 Iowa Conference Championship, Iowa Conference Tournament title, and a trip to the second round of the NCAA III National Tournament for the first time since 1984

Prior to Coaching at Luther

  • 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, and advanced to the NCAA III National Tournament
  • Earned a master's degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998

Playing Career

  • 1994 graduate of Wartburg College
  • Member of the Knights 1992-93 Iowa Conference championship team that qualified for the NCAA III National Tournament
  • A native of Denver, Iowa