Coaching Staff

Bryan NikkelBryan Nikkel

Head Coach

  • Office: Regents Center 217E
  • Phone: (563) 387-1590
  • Takes over Norse baseball program after serving as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD the past four years
  • During this stretch Augustana produced four 30-plus win seasons; made two NCAA II National Tournament appearances; made four NSIC Tournament appearances capturing the tournament championship in 2014
  • 2007 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Four-year letter winner as a catcher at SMSU and twice served as team captain
  • Following his playing days he was an assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State for three years (2007-2010)
  • He has also served as Head Coach for the Marshall, Minn., American Legion baseball team for two years (2009-2011) and the Grand Rapids, Minn., VFW baseball team for three years (2004-2007)


Jeremy IscheJeremy Ische

Assistant Coach

  • Office: Regents Center
  • Phone: (952) 412-4716
  • 2011 graduate of St. Could State University
  • Comes to Luther after being a graduate assistant as Southwest Minnesota State University 2012-14
  • Prior to SMSU he was an assistant coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College where they set a school record for wins (43) and made the teams first ever appearance at the DIII College World Series
  • Served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Blizzard Fall Baseball League 2009-11
  • Served as Head Coach of the Marshall Mudcat American Legion Baseball Team
  • Prior to playing for St. Cloud State University, he earned all-region, was named a pre-season All-American and served as team captain for the North Iowa Area Community College baseball team


Blaine BarthelBlaine Barthel

Pitching Coach

  • Office: Regents Center
  • Phone: (763) 477-8657
  • 2013 graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Two-year letter winner while at UMD
  • Prior to attending UMD he attended Itasca Community College where he was a two-year letter winner
  • Also serves as an assistant coach for the Norse football team