Tuesday, December 14, 2021 8:25 AM
Renae Hartl, director of intercollegiate athletics at Luther College, has appointed Joe Troche (Tro-Shay) head football coach. Troche will immediately take up his post with Luther.
“We are very happy to welcome Coach Joe Troche and his family to Decorah,” commented Hartl. “The search committee was very impressed with Coach Troche’s plan for our football program. He has the enthusiasm and commitment that we need and I truly believe all of his experiences have led him to Luther College.
Troche is returning to the Nordic football program after serving as the Recruiting and Special Teams Coordinator at St. Olaf College for the past three years.
Prior to St. Olaf, he spent eight seasons at Hamline University (2011-18), the last two as defensive coordinator (2017-18). He also coached safeties, linebackers and the defensive line. During his first six years, he also served as the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the university.
The first two years of his Troche college coaching career were spent at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a graduate assistant working primarily with inside and outside linebackers.
Graduated from St. Olaf in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, Troche played linebacker and defensive end for the Oles in his first three seasons before being transferred to running back when of his senior season.
“It is an honor to be named the head coach of Luther College football,” said Troche. “I am more than grateful to President Ward and Athletic Director Renae Hartl for giving me the opportunity to continue to develop the Nordic football program. Luther is one of the best academic institutions in the Midwest and offers students a truly life-changing experience. It is a privilege for me to be part of this experience.
“I would also like to thank my mentors Jerry Olszewski, Rob McCarthy and Yon Boone who have provided me with continued guidance throughout my professional career, as well as Chip Taylor and James Kilian who both provided me with the opportunity to leading and mentoring young men in my previous roles.
“The town of Decorah is a special place that my family and I have looked forward to calling home for a long time.”
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