Coaching Staff

Nicole Kaupp

Head Swimming & Diving Coach

  • 2006 graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
  • First year as Head Coach
  • Took over Norse program after serving as assistant swimming & diving coach at Washington University in St. Louis from 2009-2016
  • While at Washington University she helped coach 41 All-Americans that earned 160 All-American honors, including five national championships
  • Prior to her seven years at Washington University, she was the assistant swimming & diving coach and also served as the interim head coach for one year at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas from 2006-09

Bethany Nicoll

Assistant Swimming Coach

  • 2010 graduate of Luther College
  • The 2016-17 campaing will be Bethany's fourth year as 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

Dave Happel

Diving Coach


  • 1961 graduate of Valparaiso University
  • 1964 JD Degree, School of Law, Valparaiso University
  • 19th 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 14 Iowa Conference one-meter championships; six divers who captured 11 Iowa Conference three-meter titles; five divers who claimed 14 Liberal Arts championships; four divers who have qualified for NCAA III Regional competition; and eight 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