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Lori Meierbachtol is in her fourth season as head diving coach for the University of Northern Iowa.
She was honored as the Missouri Valley Conference Diving Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
Meierbachtol coached diver Bethany Olson to a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive at the 2011 MVC Championships. Olson then went on the NCAA diving zones where she competed in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
Meierbachtol came to UNI after working at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. While at Marshall University, Meierbachtol recruited six athletes for the diving team, all of which placed in the top 10 at the Conference USA Championship meet. Two of her divers also competed at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Meierbachtol was also the team academic advisor all four years she served as head diving coach at Marshall University.
Meierbachtol also founded a USA diving club team called Huntington Diving. Children from ages six to 14 competed in diving competitions against other club teams.
Meierbachtol earned her bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Indiana University in physical education with a minor in health education. She was also a member of the Indiana University diving team, where she was named a 2003 NCAA All-American platform diver and academic All-American. In 2003, her team was also the Big Ten conference champions. Meierbachtol also earned her master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University in 2007.