Coaching Staff

Mark Franzen

Head Men's Basketball Coach

  • 1994 graduate of Wartburg College
  • Master's degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998
  • The 2017-18 campaign will be his 12th season as head coach
  • Mark is also the Assistant Athletic Director for the Norse Athletic Association (NAA)
  • From 2010-14 his teams were the most successful in the Iowa Conference posting 46 regular season and tournament wins
  • Has led the 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

John Androus

Assistant Coach

  • Begins first season as an assistant coach
  • 2014 Graduate of Luther College
  • Returns to Luther after serving as the top assistant at Cornell College (IA) - 2017-18
  • Prior to his year at Cornell he was an assistant coach at Mount Mercy University (IA) - 2015-17
  • While at Luther he played on Iowa Conference championship teams in 2011 and 2013
  • Also played on National Tournament Team in 2011
  • He was a three-time all-conference honoree for the Norse
  • He was named the Iowa Conference Defensive Player of the Year - 2013
  • He is a member of the 1,000-point club (1198), ranks ninth all-time for rebounds (687) and seventh all-time for assists (224)

Eric Karius

Assistant Coach/Junior Varsity

  • The 2017-18 campaign will be his 12th 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
  • He also is the women's golf coach and begins his sixth year this season

Paul Blackburn

Student Assistant Coach

    • 2014 graduate of Ola High School, Georgia
    • Currently a senior at Luther
    • Business Management Major, Communications Minor
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