26 Loren Torres
Record at Point Park: 248-121 -- 7 years
Career Record: 355-225 -- 12 years
NAIA World Series 2012 -- 5th Place
NAIA Opening Round 2012, 2013, 2014
KIAC Tournament Champs 2013, 2014
ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year 2012
Chuck Tanner Collegiate Baseball Manger of the Year 2012 -- Rotary Club of Pittsburgh
RSC Coach of the Year 2017
KIAC Coach of the Year 2013, 2015
AMC Coach of the Year 2011, 2012
CCAC Coach of the Year 2004
Alma Mater: Trinity International-South Florida ('96); Northcentral Univ. (Master's '10)
In seven 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 baseball, which is fifth all-time with 11 appearances in the NAIA World Series, has made its return to national relevance under coach Torres.
Point Park has won three conference championships and been to three NAIA national tournaments during Torres' time. That includes a trip to the NAIA World Series in 2012, where the Pioneers finished fifth. Point Park has finished the season ranked in the NAIA Top 25 final poll four times under Torres -- 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
When the Pioneers became ranked in the 2011 season, it was the first time the Pioneers were in the Top 25 since the 1999 preseason poll. When Point Park reached the NAIA World Series in 2012, it was the first time the Pioneers were there in 14 seasons.
The Pioneers have won 38 or more games in five of Torres' first seven seasons on campus. That includes a school-record for wins with the 53-11 record in the NAIA World Series year of 2012. One of those years as a rebuilding year in his first year on campus.
Point Park won four straight conference regular season championship from 2012 to 2015. That included three in a row in the KIAC in 2013, 2014 and 2015. It also notched KIAC Tournament championships in 2013 and 2014 to push the Pioneers' conference championship total to 24 in its previous 49 years of existence.
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 three times while at Point Park -- 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. 21 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 #21 in the final NAIA Baseball Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Pioneers nearly qualified for the NAIA national tournament in 2011, but they were the first team left out of the at-large bids for the NAIA Opening Round. 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 1,237 wins, 662 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 17 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, including 12 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.
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 held the record for most career wins while he was employed there.
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.