Coaching Staff

Caleb Padilla

Head Coach

  • Named Head Coach on December 28, 2017
  • His first three years with the Norse football program he served as defensive coordinator
  • Joined the Norse in 2015 after serving for two years as defensive coordinator at NCAA II Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio
  • While at Notre Dame College his defensive unit had the second biggest turnaround in the NCAA II improving scoring defense by 13 points per game. His defensive unit also helped lead the school to its first winning season in school history
  • Served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Albion College (Mich.) (2010-12) where the defense reduced its rushing yards per game by 90 and lowered it scoring defense to 19 points a game
  • Began his collegiate coaching career as the outside linebackers coach at Colorado School of Mines (2008-09)
  • Spent two seasons as the varsity defensive backs coach and junior varsity defensive coordinator at Rangeview High School, Aurora, Colo.
  • Played on four conference championship football teams while at Winona State University (Minn.) from 2001-05
  • Hometown: West Liberty, Iowa
  • Wife, Kristin

Billy Hickman

Offensive Coordinator

  • Named Offensive Coordinator on January 19, 2018
  • Joined the Norse after serving as offensive coordinator at NAIA Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas (2010-17)
  • He was named NAIA American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and in 2017 and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012.
  • During his tenure, the Bluejays offensive unit helped lead Tabor to three consecutive KCAC championships (2015-17), and established 39 team and individual records, including the KCAC single season rushing record of 4,058 yards set in 2013.
  • Began his collegiate coaching career as the assistant offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines (2008-09)
  • Wife, Ashley

Raven Battle

Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line

  • The 2018 season will be Coach Battle's third year as an assistant coach, first as the defensive coordinator
  • 2001 graduate of Idaho State University
  • Prior to joining Luther staff he coached at Edinbor University of Pennsylvania (2013-16), University of Minnesota-Morris (2005-13), Western Washington University (2003-05) and at Idaho State University (2001-03)
  • Four-year letter winner at Idaho State where he earned second team all-Big Sky Conference honors at linebacker
  • Wife, Nikki; children, Olivia, Raven Jr., Tori and Trenton
  • Hometown: Miami, Florida

Caleb Barnes

Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers

  • 2018 will be Caleb's sixth year with the Norse as special teams coordinator
  • 2007 graduate of Alma College
  • Masters from William Penn University
  • Played football at Grand Valley State and Alma College
  • Prior to joining Norse staff, he was the tight ends coach at William Penn University
  • He has also coached at Illinois College and Adrian College
  • Hometown: Sheridan, Mich.

Scott Searcy

Defensive Line

    • 2003 graduate of Coe College
    • 2017 will be coach Searcy's fifth year on the Norse staff - coaches the defensive line
    • Four-year letter winner at Coe College on the defensive line
    • Wife, Kelly; daughters, Vivian, Audrey, and Tessa
    • Hometown: Waukon, Iowa

    Nick Lamphier

    Assistant Coach

    • 2013 graduate of Luther College - Athletic Training degree
    • 2017 will be coach Lamphier's first year on the Norse staff - coaches the corner backs
    • 2015 Master's degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in athletic adminstration - California University of Pennsylvania
    • Prior to joining the Luther staff he spent three years as the running backs and linebackers coach at South Central Calhoun High School - Lake City, Iowa (2014-17)
    • He also served as the pitching coach (2015-17) and outfielders coach (2016-17) while at South Centrl Calhoun High
    • Graduate assistant athletic trainer at Iowa Central Coummunity College (2013-14)
    • Hometown: Oelwein, Iowa

    Blake Moen

    Assistant Coach/Slot Backs

      • First year as an assistant coach
      • 2016 graduate of Luther College
      • While at Luther he was a student coach for two years (2014-15)
      • Currently the Recreation Director for South Winneshiek Recreation Department
      • This winter he will be the new head coach of boys basketball at South Winneshiek High School, Calmar, Iowa
      • Hometown: Decorah, Iowa


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