The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that Luther College head softball coach Renae Hartl has been elected to the 2018 Board of Directors as the NCAA Division III Representative and will serve a three-year term. To receive this appointment, she was nominated and then voted in by the Division III membership.
Hartl, who is also the Director of Athletics, begins her 17th year at the helm of the Norse softball program. During her tenure, she has produced a career record of 514-171 and has led the Norse to six Iowa Conference championships, including three in a row from 2015-17. Luther has also made 10 NCAA III National Tournament appearances in the past 11 years, including a string of four consecutive appearances at the National Championships Finals from 2010 to 2013. Those teams placed fifth in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and seventh in 2011.
The five-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year has coached 20 NFCA All-Americans, 69 NFCA Midwest Region selections, 77 all-conference honorees, four Iowa Conference MVPs and three league pitchers of the year.
During the 2017 campaign, Luther posted a record of 41-5 and finished the year ranked No. 12 in the NCAA III. Luther has now been ranked in the top-25 for 53 consecutive weeks and 113 of the last 116 weeks dating back to March 4, 2009.