Crean Lutheran Names Nate Klitzing as New Boys Basketball Coach
(IRVINE, CA, April 12, 2018)
Nate Klitzing has served the past four seasons as the Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Orange Lutheran High School under Head Coach Chris Nordstrom. His teams have experienced considerable success during those years. During the 2014-2015 season, Orange Lutheran advanced to the CIF Open Division Semifinals. The following season (2015-2016), the team received a bid to the CIF Open Division tournament. As the Junior Varsity Head Coach at Orange Lutheran, Coach Klitzing led his team to the Trinity League Championship.“I am honored and excited to join the Crean Lutheran family as the head boys basketball coach,” said Klitzing. “I firmly believe that life lessons are taught, and Christian character is strengthened, through the game of basketball. As a product of Lutheran education and athletics, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the student-athletes at Crean Lutheran. Together, we will work to build on the success of the program as we strive to compete at the highest level possible. I look forward to leading the Saints as they continue to grow as athletes, leaders, and men of God.”
Klitzing enjoyed an impressive basketball career at Orange Lutheran High School and Concordia University, Irvine. At Orange Lutheran, his teams won the Olympic League Championship in 2002 and the Empire League Championship in 2003. He was voted to the First Team All Empire League and First Team All CIF in 2003. That same year he received Scholar Athlete of the Year at Orange Lutheran.He also experienced great success in his college career as a player at Concordia University, Irvine, where he received the NAIA/Concordia University “Champion of Character” Award in 2006. In 2007, he was the men’s basketball team captain and led the Concordia team to the NAIA Division One National Champion Runner-Up.
“The Saints are blessed to welcome Head Coach Nate Klitzing,” said Athletic Director Eric Olson. “As a player...Nate was a champion on the court and off. As a coach…he has coached with, and been mentored by, some of the best. Coach Klitzing is well-qualified and both eager and passionate to lead a successful program. Coach Klitzing is excited to continue the on-court success the boys have achieved.”