Luther College Director of Athletics, Renae Hartl, has announced that Loran Storts, a 1987 graduate of Luther College, has been named an assistant Track & Field Coach for sprints and jumps for both the men’s and women’s teams.
“I am proud to welcome Luther alumnus Loran Storts to our track and field staff,” stated Head Coach Steve Pasche. “Enthusiasm, ambition, and sincerity are qualities that exude from coach Storts. While a student-athlete, his mentors and experiences were influential for him and his teammates. His has now come full-circle as he will be an incredibly positive part of student development for our track and field programs. Loran is a coach of the whole student-athlete. He equips them with skills and he creates leaders of them. It is an honor to welcome Loran Storts home to Luther!"
Storts, who was elected to the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, joins the Norse coaching staff from Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, Iowa, where he has been coaching boys and girls cross country at both the junior high and high school levels for the past 11 years. The last three he has been the head coach of girl’s cross-country. He also served as an assistant coach for distance runners for the girl’s track teams for two seasons.
During this same time span, he has been the President and founder of Iron Works Athletics, a company that specializes in sports training for athletes in age from 8-65.
While a student-athlete at Luther, he was a member of four Iowa Conference championship cross country teams and three track and field championship teams.
In cross-country he was a member of three NCAA III National Cross Country Championships qualifying teams including the 1985 national championship squad. He was a four-time all-Iowa Conference performer and was named league MVP in 1986.
In track and field, he was a three-time NCAA III Track & Field Championships national qualifier in the steeplechase and nine-time all-Iowa Conference performer that included a conference title in both the 5000 meters and steeplechase.
Following his collegiate career, he was an eight-time Ironman finisher and 70.3 triathlon world qualifier.