Bemidji State Names Lauritsen New Director Of Athletics

Britt Lauritsen has been named the new director of athletics for Bemidji State University in a release from the school Tuesday morning. She will officially begin the position on July 1.

“I am thrilled to welcome Britt Lauritsen and her wife, Emily, to Beaver Athletics and the Bemidji community,” incoming Bemidji State University President Dr. John Hoffman said in the school’s release. “She knows how to build a vision and culture of winning that starts in the classroom and shines through athletic competition. Even more important is her commitment to students, which is grounded in fair play, integrity and equity — hallmarks of Beaver Athletics. I am truly excited to work for her.”

“From the moment I set foot on campus, I recognized an incredible community ready to embrace the opportunity to provide a holistic and meaningful experience for all students,” Lauritsen said in the release. “I cannot wait to work with the athletics staff and campus partners to build Beaver Athletics, and I thank everyone involved in this process for their faith in me as I take this role.”

Lauritsen arrives in Bemidji following eight years working in a variety of roles at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. She served as assistant athletic director, senior women’s administrator, and was the school’s compliance officer.

While working in the athletic department, Lauritsen also taught Sports and the Law at Washburn’s School of Law. She previously earned her bachelor’s degree in pre-professional studies with an emphasis in pre-medicine from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana, and earned her Juris Doctor from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Lauritsen follows outgoing BSU director of athletics Tracy Dill, who is retiring after nine years in the position.