Coaching Staff

Aaron Hafner

Head Coach

  • 1997 graduate of Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
  • Third year as head coach
  • Led Norse to first non-losing season since 2010 last season
  • His offensive attack set a single season school record of 3,409 yards and also tied the single game rushing record with 579 vs. Grinnell
  • 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

Payton Haynes

Offensive Coordinator

  • 2010 graduate of Missouri State University
  • Third 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 Padilla

Defensive Coordinator

  • 2006 graduate of Winona State University (Minn.)
  • First year as defensive coordinator
  • Joins Norse after serving the past two years as defensive coordinator at NCAA II Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio
  • Served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Albion College (Mich.) (2010-12)
  • 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.
  • Hometown: West Liberty, Iowa
  • Wife, Kristin

Caleb Barnes

Special Teams Coordinator

  • 2007 graduate of Alma College
  • Masters from William Penn University
  • Third 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 Hammerly

Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line

  • 2004 graduate of Central College
  • Masters from William Penn University
  • Third year with the program
  • 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 Ruot

Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Wide Receivers

  • 2012 graduate of Illinois College
  • Second year with the program
  • 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 Searcy

Defensive Line

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

    Blake Moen

    Student Coach/Defensive Backs

      • Second year as a student coach
      • Major: Business management
      • Hometown: Decorah, Iowa