Coaching Staff

Bryan Nikkel

Head Coach

  • Second year as Head Coach
  • Led Norse to a fifth place finish in the Iowa Conference after being picked to finish last in the preseason poll
  • Had five players named to the all-conference team
  • Took over the Norse baseball program after serving as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D for 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 Ische

Assistant Coach

  • 2011 graduate of St. Could State University
  • Second year as an assistant coach
  • Joined Luther staff 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

Tanner Neale

Assistant Coach

  • 2015 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University
  • First year as an assistant coach
  • Three-year starter at catcher while at SMSU
  • Three times received team's Best Defensive Player Award (2013-15) becoming the second player in school history to earn this award three years in a row
  • Holds the school record for highest fielding percentage (.997), committed just two errors in four years
  • Twice presented team's Mustang Award
  • Derrick Keller Award winner (determination, courage and perseverance)
  • Assistant coach with the Nevada Griffons of the M.I.N.K. Summer Collegiate Baseball League this past summer