Coaching Staff

Aaron Hafner

Head Coach

  • 1997 graduate of Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
  • Coach Hafner begins his fifth year as head coach
  • During his four years at the helm, his teams have led the Iowa Conference in rushing every year
  • In 2014, the Norse 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
  • Wife, Katy; daughters, Allie and Andie

Payton Haynes

Offensive Coordinator

  • Payton begins his fifth season as offensive coordinator
  • 2010 graduate of Missouri State University
  • Following the 2016 campaign, the Norse offense finished fourth in the NCAA III for rushing yards per game (298.5)
  • 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
  • Wife Jenna; daughter, Harper; son Taysom
  • Hometown: Nixa, Mo.

Caleb Padilla

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Seconday

  • 2017 will be Caleb's third year as defensive coordinator
  • Joined the Norse 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 redused 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 Universit (Minn.) from 2001-05
  • Hometown: West Liberty, Iowa
  • Wife, Kristin

Raven Battle

Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line

  • The 2017 season will be Coach Battle's second year as an assistant coach
  • 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

  • 2017 will be Caleb's fifth 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

    Del Ciucci

    Wide Receivers / Assistant Strength Coach

    • Second year as wide receivers coach
    • Joined Norse staff last year after serving as a football strength and conditioning intern at the University of Iowa
    • Before joining the Hawkeye staff, Ciucci coached running backs/fullbacks at Bemidji State University (BSU) (2014-16) as a graduate assistant coach
    • Also worked with tight ends while at BSU
    • Served as the on-campus recruiting coordinator and strength assistant while at BSU
    • Served as an intern strength and conditioning coach with Sanford Power in a private setting, working primarily with high school athletes while in Bemidji (2015)
    • Played football at Luther College at the wide receiver, cornerback, and slot back positions (2010-2014) where he was a three-year letter winner
    • Graduated with his master’s degree in business administration from Bemidji State University with an emphasis in management
    • Graduated with his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Luther College
    • Hometown: Palmer, Alaska

    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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