Luther College Director of Athletics Renae Hartl has announced that Yarrow Pasche, who has been the associate head coach for women’s cross country for the past 13 years, has been promoted to head coach.
Pasche will be the first recipient of the Kent Finanger Endowed Chair for Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field. This is the first endowed coaching position in the history of the college.
A Luther College alumna who was a member of the first women's cross country team and her husband provided a gift of $1 million to establish the Kent Finanger Endowed Chair for Women's Cross Country and Track and Field. The announcement of the gift was made Oct. 25, 2017. The alumna shared the reason surrounding the couple's decision to create the Finanger Chair, "As a student and runner, I thrived under Coach Kent's leadership. The immense respect I have for him and his nurturing abilities have unequivocally impacted my life."
“I am honored and humbled to continue to coach the young women at Luther College in the name of legendary Coach Kent Finanger, thanks to the financial support of a generous alumna that made this position possible,” stated Pasche. “The Luther women’s cross country and track and field programs have a strong tradition and I am excited to be given the opportunity to build the programs to even greater heights in the coming years. The endowed chair inspires my dreams and aspirations for the program and for the phenomenal young women with which I work. Luther College and the surrounding trails and rolling hills of the Oneota River Valley make for an ideal place for our aspirations to become a reality. Its an exciting time for our distance women at Luther!”
During her tenure, Pasche has helped lead the Norse to three Iowa Conference championships and seven appearances at the NCAA III National Championships. Three times she has been named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year and twice Central Region Coach of the Year.
“Having Coach Yarrow Pasche be the first recipient of the Kent Finanger Endowed Chair is so fitting to how the donor wanted this generous gift put to work,” commented Hartl. “Coach Pasche has give her time, energy, and heart into our cross country programs for 13 years as a part-time assistant and now our student-athletes will get even more of her! I am so excited about having her on staff as a full-time recruiter and member of our athletic department.”