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

  • First year as an assistant coach
  • Also serves as the assistant Aquatics Director
  • 2006 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)

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