Lori Meierbachtol enters her fourth season as the diving coach for the Marshall swimming & diving program. She came to Huntington from Davenport, Iowa, where she served as the varsity diving coach at Davenport West High School during the Fall 2004. While at Davenport West HS, she had two state qualifiers during her first year of coaching.
During Meierbachtol's tenure the Thundering Herd divers have completely reset the school's record books. Last season junior Siobhan Schuurman set a new school record in the one-meter dive and became the second Herd diver to reach the NCAA Diving Zones.
Prior to arriving in Davenport, Meierbachtol served as a recreational sports instructor in Bloomington, Ind., in 2003. She created and implemented a new diving program for beginner divers (ages four to 13) who held no previous diving experience. She was also in charge of promotion and overseeing the program's success.
Meierbachtol was a four-year letterwinner for the IU women's swimming and diving team from 1999-2004. She was a 2003 NCAA Academic All-American in 2003 and was a four-time Big Ten Conference Scholar Athlete (2000-03). During her stellar college career, she was named a 2003 NCAA All-American Platform Diver, while leading the Hoosiers to the 2003 Big Ten championship. She was a member of the 2003 World Trials Team. She was the 2002 and 2003 Most Improved Team Member and was an Olympic Trials Qualifier in synchronized diving in 2004. The Most Improved Diver award at IU is named the Lori Matthys award in Meierbachtol's honor.
Meierbachtol graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., with a degree in kinesiology in 2004. She is a licensed teacher in Indiana and Iowa. In 2007, Meierbachtol earned her masters in sports administration from Marshall.
She is married to Garret Meierbachtol. The couple resides in Huntington.