Coaching Staff

Aaron Zander

Head Coach

  • Twitter: @SwimZander
  • Named Head Coach of Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving April 26, 2019
  • 2010 graduate of Luther College
  • Prior to taking over as head coach he was the associate director of development at the University of Chicago since 2017
  • He served as head assistant men's and women's swimming coach at Illinois Institute of Technology from 2015-2018
  • He began his career as an elementary teacher at Mid-Prairie Community School District, Kalona, Iowa; Nevada Community School District, Nevada, Iowa; and Verona Area School District, Verona, Wis.
  • During this time he also coached state championship teams, individual state champions and Olympic trials qualifiers at the Iowa Flyers Swin Club, Iowa City, Iowa (2010-13) and the Ames Cyclones Aquatic Club, Ames, Iowa (2013-14).
  • While at Luther he was a member of four Iowa Conference championship teams and three Liberal Arts Championship teams.
  • He swam on four different relays that claimed five Liberal Arts Championships and seven Iowa Conference titles.
  • He was also crowned an Iowa Conference Champion in the 200 backstroke.

Samantha Williams

Assistant Coach

  • 2019-20 will be Samantha's second year as an assistant coach
  • Also serves as the assistant Aquatics Director
  • 2016 graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
  • Joins the Norse staff from Wilmington College (OH) where she served as the Assistant to the Director of Athletics from 2016-18
  • During this same time span, Williams was also the Athletic Summer Program Coordinator and Assistant Aquatics Director at Kenyon.
  • A two-year member of the Kenyon swim team, she completed her collegiate career as a volunteer assistant for the team her junior and senior seasons
  • She has also served as an assistant swim coach at the New Albany Aquatic Club (OH)

Dave Happel

Diving Coach

  • 1961 graduate of Valparaiso University
  • 1964 JD Degree, School of Law, Valparaiso University
  • The 2019-20 campaign will be Dave's 22nd 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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