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

Tim Schuring

Assistant Coach

  • Rejoins the Norse program with 27 years of coaching experience
  • He was Luther's assistant coach from 2006-14)
  • Head coach at Dakota State University (SD) from 2001-05
  • Head coach at University of Saint Mary (KS) from 1998-2001. During his final season at USM, he led the Spires to a record of 24-9 and the round of 16 of the NAIA National Tournament
  • Assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan College from1996-98
  • He has been the high school head coach for boys’ basketball coach at Blakesburg (IA), Seymour (IA), Savanna (IL) and Albia (IA).
  • Founder and owner of TNT5 Basketball Development Program

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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