Coaching Staff

Bethany Nicoll

Interim Head Coach

  • 2010 graduate of Luther College
  • Third year as an assistant coach
  • Four-year letter winner for the Norse
  • Two-time all-conference performer in the 200 IM and once in the 400 IM
  • Three-time all-conference performer in the 200 freestyle relay
  • Two-time all-conference performer in the 400 freestyle relay
  • Member of Luther swimming 800-plus point club
  • Named Most Inspirational and Hardest Worker during her career
  • Also served as a co-captain as a senior

Cassie Peterson

Assistant Swimming Coach

  • 2009 graduate of University of Connecticut
  • Third year as an assistant coach
  • Two-time Big East Conference finalist in 100 and 200 backstroke
  • NCAA I National Qualifier in 200 backstroke
  • Spent two years coaching at Brown University (2013-14)
  • 16-time Wisconsin State Meet medalist while at Shorewood High School
  • 6-time Honorable Mention All-American
  • Will also serve as assistant Aquatics Center Director

Dave Happel

Diving Coach


  • 1961 graduate of Valparaiso University
  • 1964 JD Degree, School of Law, Valparaiso University
  • 18th year at Luther College.
  • Named Iowa Conference Diving Coach of the Year in 2007
  • Named Liberal Arts Championship Diving Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Has coached seven Norse divers who captured 13 Iowa Conference one-meter championships; six divers who captured 10 Iowa Conference three-meter titles; five divers who claimed 13 Liberal Arts championships; three divers who have qualified for NCAA III Regional competition; and seven divers who have posted NCAA III national qualifying standards in both 1-meter and 3-meter events
  • Since 1958 he has been the Head Diving Coach at Vinton Aquatic Club. During his tenure, he has coached three divers who qualified and participated in USA Diving National Jr. Championships. Has also coached eight divers who qualified and participated in USA Diving National West Jr. Spring Championships, as well as numerous divers who have placed and won regional championships
  • While coaching at Porter County YMCA, Valparaiso, Ind., he coached one national champion in Y National Meet held in Iowa City
  • From 1981-87 served as diving coach at Washington High School, Vinton, Iowa
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