Coaching Staff

Nicole Kaupp

Head Swimming & Diving Coach/Aquatics Director

  • 2006 graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
  • The 2017-18 campaign will be Nicole's second year as head coach
  • During her first year, her athletes earned six all-conference honors (top-2 finishers in each event)
  • 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

Ray Amato

Assistant Coach

  • The 2017-18 campaign will be Ray's first year with the Norse swimming & diving program
  • 2013 graduate of SUNY New Paltz
  • 2016-17 Graduate Assistant Coach at SUNY Cortland
  • 2014-15 assistant coach at Olivet College, Michigan
  • 2013-14 served as an assistant coach at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania
  • While at SUNY New Paltz, he was a four-time SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championships finalist in the 100 and 200 butterfly

Dave Happel

Diving Coach

  • 1961 graduate of Valparaiso University
  • 1964 JD Degree, School of Law, Valparaiso University
  • This will be Dave's 20th year as diving coach 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


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