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Torres Hired as Pioneers' baseball coach

July 9, 2009

PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University athletic department announced Thursday that Loren Torres has been hired as head coach of the Pioneers’ baseball team. 

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Torres (pictured above) has 10 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, including five years as a head coach. His coaching resume also includes nine years as scout for Major League Baseball teams.

“We are very excited to name Loren Torres as the head coach of the Point Park baseball team,” said director of athletics Dan Swalga. “He has an impressive coaching resume, and he comes highly recommended. Under his direction, I have every reason to believe that the baseball team will reach the high level of success that the program has experienced in the past.”

The 35-year-old Torres is the eighth baseball coach in school history. In its 42-year existence, the all-time record of the Point Park baseball program is 1,054-578-9 (.645). The Pioneers have made 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series.

“I am very honored to be named the head baseball coach at Point Park,” said Torres. “Point Park has a rich tradition of baseball, and our goal will be to build on that tradition.”

Torres’ most-recent head coaching-experience came at Judson (Ill.) University, an NAIA member in Elgin, Ill., where he was the head coach for five seasons from 2003-2007.

Torres left Judson after the 2007 season to pursue a business opportunity as the owner of a franchise in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He owned a franchise for SEKO Worldwide, a freight forwarding company based in Itaska, Ill., but after accomplishing his goals with the organization, he is excited to return to the collegiate baseball coaching ranks.

“I find it very rewarding to impact the lives of student athletes,” said Torres. “I am excited to once again have the opportunity to do that, and to continue my career in college baseball.”

While at Judson, Torres compiled a won-loss record that was impressive considering the past history of the baseball program. Torres had a record of 107-104-2 (.507), but the program’s all-time winning percentage prior to his arrival was just above .300. The Eagles’ baseball program was started in 1967, and Torres holds the record for most career wins.

Torres was named the Coach of the Year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2004 after guiding Judson to a 27-20 season. At the time, the 27 victories were a school record for most wins in a single season, but that record was broken this past year.

Under Torres, Judson made four appearances in the CCAC tournament and two appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament. When the 2004 team made the NCCAA tourney, it was the first time that Judson appeared in a national tournament. The Eagles also went to the NCCAA tourney in 2007.

He posted three 20-win seasons at Judson and won at least 18 games in each of his five seasons.

Before becoming the head coach at Judson, Torres was an assistant coach at Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design in 2002. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Trinity International University-South Florida in Miami, Fla., where he was an assistant coach for four seasons from 1997-2000.

From 2007-2009, he was a scout for the Kansas City Royals, and his responsibility included covering the South Florida and Puerto Rico areas. While at Judson, Torres served as a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies with responsibilities of covering the Midwestern states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana. He scouted the state of Georgia for the Cincinnati Reds while at SCAD.

His coaching experience includes one year as a high school coach. In 2001 he was the head coach at Northwest Christian Academy in Miami. Torres guided Northwest Christian Academy to a No. 2 ranking in the state of Florida, and he had three players drafted in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft. He was the Miami-Dade Coach of the Year in 2001.

Torres finished his playing career at Trinity International-South Florida in 1996 as a three-time all-region performer. He set school records for batting average and stolen bases in 1995.

Torres is a 1992 graduate of Nova High School in Davie, Fla., where he played baseball for legendary coach Pat McQuaid. Nova has won several state championships during McQuaid’s 34 years, and the Titans were ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America after winning state titles in 2004 and 2005. Torres was inducted into the Nova Hall of Fame in 2001.

Before moving to Miami as a teenager, Torres lived in Patillas, Puerto Rico.

Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Trinity International-South Florida in 1996. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport management and leadership from Northcentral University, in Prescott, Ariz.

While at Judson, he served as the university’s fitness center director. In addition to being an assistant coach at Trinity International-South Florida, Torres also served as an admissions counselor.

Point Park is an NAIA member located in downtown Pittsburgh. The Pioneers have a long tradition of success, which includes 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series. The overall record for Point Park baseball is 1,054-578-9, which amounts to a winning percentage of .645.

The Pioneers are a member of the American Mideast Conference.

At Judson, Torres had a record of 1-1 versus Point Park. The Pioneers and Eagles split a doubleheader during spring training on March 7, 2006. Judson won the first game, 3-1, but lost the second game, 3-0.  

 

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Biographical Information

Name: Loren Torres

Age: 35

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Place of birth: Patillas, Puerto Rico

College (graduation year): Trinity International-South Florida (1996)

Years as head coach: five

Record as head coach: 107-104-2 (.507)

Year-by-Year Coaching Summary

Year      Record        Position

2007        22-23           Head coach at Judson (Ill.) University, Elgin, Ill.

2006        21-19-1

2005        18-20

2004        27-20

2003        19-22-1

2002                             Assistant coach at Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design

2001                             Head coach at Northwest Christian Academy, Miami, Fla. 

1997-2000                 Assistant coach at Trinity International-South Florida, Miami, Fla.