Athletics Hall of Fame

Duane Sorenson

SPORT(S) Swimming

A 1976 and 1977 All-American as a member of Lee Ahlbrecht’s Bemidji State swimming and diving team and 1979 graduate assistant coach under the legendary head coach, Duane Sorenson continued success in the pool to success as a coach during a career that spanned over four decades. Currently in his 23rd season as head coach of NCAA Division I Iowa State University swimming and diving program, Sorenson’s student-athletes have earned All-Big XII honors 115 times and all of ISU’s current swimming records have come under Sorenson’s watch. He has a 117-97-2 (.542) dual meet record at ISU as the dean of Big XII swimming and diving coaches and has had Cyclone athletes compete in 30 different events at the NCAA Championships. ISU consistently leads the league in Academic All-Big XII selections.

Sorenson coached high school and club swimming programs for 20 years before moving to the college ranks. He began his coaching career at Tartan High School (1977-78), before stints at Park Senior High School (1979-81) and Park/Woodbury High School (1982-85). The bulk of his prep coaching career came at Woodbury High School, where he coached the WHS girl’s team. While at WSH, Sorenson’s teams captured four conference titles, four sectional championships, a State runner up finish and a State title. He was named 1991 Minnesota State Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Sorenson was also head coach of the South East Metro Sharks (SEMS) Swim Club, where he earned Minnesota Chapter Coach of the Year accolades five times in 20 years with the club.