Coaching Staff

Aaron HafnerAaron Hafner

  • Office: Regents Center 211
  • Phone: (563) 387-1597
  • 1997 graduate of Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
  • Second year as head coach
  • Took over the Norse program after serving seven years as the offensive coordinator at William Penn University (Iowa)
  • During his tenure at William Penn, the Statesmen captured two Mid-States Conference championships, and made the NAIA National Playoffs
  • His offensive teams were ranked in the top-five in the nation from 2008-12 and set the NAIA single season rushing record with 4,476 yards in 2010
  • Prior to joining the William Penn staff, he was the head coach at Republic High School (Mo.), 2003-06; head coach at Francis Howell Central High School (Mo.), 2002; and was the defensive coordinator at Webb City High School (Mo.), 1998-2001
  • Last year, Luther led the Iowa Conference averaging 273 yards rushing per game
  • Wife, Katy; daughters, Allie and Andie

 

Paul HoffmanPaul Hoffman

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

  • Office: Regents Center 11B
  • Phone: (563) 387-1613
  • 1999 graduate of Carthage College
  • Third year with the Norse program and second as defensive coordinator
  • Joined the Norse staff with 14 years experience at both the collegiate and high school levels
  • Prior to joining Norse staff, he was an assistant coach at Loras College, 2005-10; Joliet Catholic Academy, 2002-05; Lincoln Way East High School, 2001-02; Allegheny College, 2000; Carthage College, 1999
  • Wife, Magda; son, Porter
  • Hometown: Minooka, Ill.

 

Payton HaynesPayton Haynes

Offensive Coordinator

  • Office: Regents Center 11E
  • Phone: (563) 387-2180
  • 2010 graduate of Missouri State University
  • Second season as offensive coordinator
  • Played football at Missouri Southern University and William Penn University
  • Prior to joining Norse staff, he was the running backs and slots coach at William Penn University, 2001-12
  • Quarterbacks and running backs coach at Williard High School (Mo.), 2008-09
  • Quaterbacks and wide receivers coach at Reeds Springs High School (Mo.), 2007
  • Daughter, Harper
  • Hometown: Nixa, Mo.

 

Caleb BarnesCaleb Barnes

Special Teams Coordinator

  • Office: Regents Center 11D
  • Phone: (563) 387-1637
  • 2007 graduate of Alma College
  • Masters from William Penn University
  • Second season as special teams coordinator
  • 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.

 

Ike HammerlyIke Hammerly

Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line

  • Office: Regents Center 11C
  • Phone: (563) 387-1024
  • 2004 graduate of Central College
  • Masters from William Penn University
  • Joined Norse staff, after serving as strength and conditioning coach at William Penn University, 2008-13
  • Served in this same capacity at Loras College, 2008
  • He was also an assistant strength and condition coach for Olympic Sports at Iowa State University, 2005-08
  • Wife, Liz: daughter, Addie; son, Briggs
  • Hometown: Newton, Iowa

 

Zach RuotZach Ruot

Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Wide Receivers

  • Office: Regents Center 16
  • Phone: (563) 387-1799
  • 2012 graduate of Illinois College
  • Played cornerback at Illinois College
  • Joined Norse staff, after coaching at MacMurray College, 2012-13; strength and conditioning intern at University of Alabama Birmingham, spring 2013
  • Wide receivers coach at Jacksonville High School (Ill.), 2011
  • Hometown: Macon, Ill.

 

Scott SearcyScott Searcy

Defensive Line

  • 2003 graduate of Coe College
  • Mathematics instructor at Decorah High School
  • Four-year letter winner at Coe College on the defensive line
  • Wife, Kelly; daughters, Vivian, Audrey, and Tessa
  • Hometown: Waukon, Iowa

 

 

 

Blaine BarthelBlaine Barthel

Running Backs

  • 2013 graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth
  • He is also the pitching coach for the Norse baseball team
  • While at UMD he was a two-year letter winner
  • Prior to attending UMD, he attended Itasca Community College where he was a two-year letter winner
  • Hometown: St. Michael, Minn.

 

 

Blake MoenBlake Moen

Student Coach/Defensive Backs

  • First year with the program
  • Major: Business management
  • Hometown: Decorah, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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