LOREN TORRES -- HEAD BASEBALL COACH
5th year at Point Park
Alma mater: Trinity Int'l-South Fla. ('96), Northcentral Univ. '10 (Masters Degree)
Record at Point Park: 143-66
Career Record: 250-160-2
In just fours years as head coach of the Point Park University baseball team, Loren Torres has made big strides in getting the program back to its long tradition of success. He was hired in July 2009.
Point Park has been ranked in the NAIA Top 25 final poll of year the last three seasons (2011, 2012 and 2013) and it is coming off consecutive trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round in 2012 and 2013. The Pioneers were ranked No. 23 and were the first team left out of the 2011 tournament.
Point Park was 39-16 overall, 14-6 KIAC and finished the 2013 year ranked No. 23 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Pioneers once again made the NAIA national tournament and won the KIAC Tournament and the KIAC regular season title in their first year in the league.
The Pioneers returned to the national stage when they reached the NAIA World Series with a record of 53-11 in 2012, which was Torres' third year at Point Park. The 53 wins set a school record, and Point Park ended the year ranked No. 6 in the Final NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll of the year.
Torres has been named conference Coach of the Year the last three seasons -- 2011, 2012 and 2013 -- with the first two in the American Mideast Conference and last year in the KIAC. The 2011 season ended with Point Park being ranked No. 23 in the Final Top 25 Poll, which was the first time the program was ranked since 1999.
Following a 13-26 performance in Torres' first year at Point Park in 2010, the Pioneers had a big turnaround in the 2011 season as it was 38-13 overall, won the AMC Regular Season Championship at 14-6, reached the finals of the AMC Tournament and was ranked #23 in the final NAIA Baseball Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Pioneers nearly qualified for the NAIA national tournament, but they were the first team left out of the at-large bids for the NAIA Opening Round. When the Pioneers broke in the NAIA Top 25 that year, it was the first time the program was ranked since the 1999 preseason poll coming off a 1998 NAIA World Series appearance.
The momentum established in 2011 carried over to the 2012 season in which the Pioneers made it back to the NAIA World Series for the 11th time in school history and the first time since 1998.
Getting back to the World Series and re-establishing a program that is consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25 has allowed the Pioneers to re-assume their place as one of the top programs in NAIA baseball. Point Park's 11 trips to the NAIA World Series are tied for fourth in the country, and the Pioneers have an all-time record of 1,158 wins, 658 losses and 9 ties all-time.
Since arriving on campus, Torres has instilled the program with the discipline and hard-working attitude needed to succeed. Mixing that in with some talented recruiting classes has been the recipe for success.Torres has 13 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, including eight years as a head coach. His coaching resume also includes nine years as scout for Major League Baseball teams.Torres is the eighth baseball coach in Point Park history. The first year of baseball was the the 1967-68 school year.
"I am very honored to be named the head baseball coach at Point Park," said Torres upon his hiring in July 2009. "Point Park has a rich tradition of baseball, and our goal will be to build on that tradition."
Torres' collegiate head-coaching experience prior to Point Park came at Judson (Ill.) University, an NAIA member in Elgin, Ill., where he was the head coach for five seasons from 2003-2007. While at Judson, he led the Eagles to the playoffs in four out of his five seasons.
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 was excited to return to the collegiate baseball coaching ranks.
"I find it very rewarding to impact the lives of student athletes," said Torres said at the time. "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 the most 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. In the spring of 2010, Torres earned a master's degree in sports management and leadership from Northcentral University.
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.
THE TORRES FILE
Name: Loren Torres
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Place of birth: Patillas, Puerto Rico
College (graduation year): Trinity International-South Florida (1996), Northcentral Univ. (Masters, 2010)
Years as collegiate head coach: seven
Date hired at Point Park: May 2009
Record as collegiate head coach: 211-154-2 (.577)
Record at Point Park University: 104-50 (.675)
|2013||39-16 (14-6)||KIAC Tournament & Reg. Season Champs, NAIA Opening Round|
#23 in final NAIA Top 25 Poll
|2012||53-11 (11-0)||AMC Coach of the Year, AMC Champions, NAIA World Series 5th Place, |
#6 in final NAIA Top 25 Poll
|2011||38-13 (14-6)||AMC Coach of the Year, AMC Reg. Season Champs, AMC Tourn. Finals, |
#23 in final NAIA Top 25 Poll
|2007||22-23||Conference playoffs, NCCAA national tournament qualifier|
|2004||27-20||CCAC Coach of the Year, Conference playoffs, NCCAA national tournament qualifier, |
set a then-school record for wins
Year-by-Year Coaching Summary
2010-12 Head Coach at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
2003-07 Head Coach at Judson (IL) University in Elgin, IL
2002 Assistant Coach at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.
2001 Head Coach at Northwest Christian Academy in Miami, Fla.
1997-2000 Assistant coach at Trinity International-South Florida, in Miami, Fla.