Does NCC have any sports teams?

Sports Shooting

NCC started its first ever collegiate sports team – Sports Shooting – in the Spring of 2019. Our Sports Shooting team competes in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and is a Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). We compete in conference competitions in the Fall semester and Spring semester and attend the Iowa State Trap Collegiate Championships in Ackley, Iowa in April each year. NCC also competes against collegiate shooters NCAA and NAIA schools in non-conference competitions as schedules allow, as well as an e-league for Skeet and Sporting Clays.

In 2019, the NCC Sports Shooting team took 4th place at the Collegiate Championships.

NCC is currently recruiting students for our Sports Shooting team. Head Coach Brian Lauck said, “We are interested in talking with high school students who were active in their high school sports shooting team and are interested in continuing to compete while furthering their education. There are limited scholarships available, but the participants’ ammo, targets, and range fees are paid by the College — so many of our student-athletes perceive this as almost like a scholarship.”

Coach Lauck started as Northwest Iowa Community College’s Collegiate Sports Shooting Coach in March 2019. Lauck founded Cherokee County Youth Shooting Sports in 2014 and has served as their head coach for the past 5 years. Lauck is the Youth Coordinator for Cherokee County Pheasants Forever, a Hunter Education instructor, NRA Certified Shotgun Coach, and 4H Rifle Coach. He is also an experienced gunsmith and gun fitter.

Interested in learning more about the NCC Sports Shooting team? For more information contact Coach Lauck at or (712) 229-9365.

NCC recently joined the NJCAA conference and will introduce men’s and women’s competitive soccer in the fall of 2024.

Women’s Soccer

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) has announced the appointment of Tre Thomas as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Thomas, an accomplished coach with extensive experience in both men’s and women’s soccer, will join the NCC athletic department starting January 3, 2024. Thomas comes to NCC from Garden City Community College, Kansas, where he served as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams for three seasons. Prior to his time at Garden City, he was the assistant women’s soccer coach at Bethany College, Kansas, for one season. Tre holds a degree in Sports Management from Southwestern College, Kansas. During his tenure at Garden City Community College, Thomas played a crucial role in improving the performance and skill levels of his players. His dedication and coaching expertise led to the development of several all-conference players and assisted in the successful transfer of athletes to four-year institutions. Before transitioning into coaching, Thomas had an impressive career as a semi-professional player. He played for Ozark FC in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Wichita Selection indoor soccer team. His college soccer career was marked by significant achievements at Southwestern College, where he was a two-year captain and earned two-time all-conference honors. He also played for Cloud County Community College, Kansas, contributing to their national ranking and participation in the national tournament. A Wichita, Kansas native, Thomas completed his high school education at Wichita High School East, where he excelled in soccer.

NCC is thrilled to have Coach Thomas leading our Women’s Soccer Team. He brings a passion for soccer and a focus on student-athlete development to the NCC Athletics Department. Everyone across campus is excited to work with him as we build our soccer program.”

Coach Thomas shared his enthusiasm for the new role: “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Northwest Iowa Community College institution and the Thunder community! I am ready to hit the ground running and start signing future Thunder recruits to our program. We are going to win on the field and in the classroom! I appreciate everyone’s faith in me and am thankful for this opportunity to make this community and institution proud! GO THUNDER!”

Thomas is actively recruiting for the women’s soccer program at NCC which is starting the fall of 2024. For further details about the NCC Women’s Soccer program and future team developments, please reach out to the NCC Athletics Department or Coach Thomas directly at, or call 712-869-0862.

Men’s Soccer

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) announced Jesse Kuehler as its first Head Men’s Soccer Coach, starting January 3, 2024. A Spencer native and a figure with an impressive soccer background, Coach Kuehler is set to lead the college into a new era of collegiate soccer. Jesse Kuehler, an alumnus of Spencer High School has a deeply rooted connection to northwest Iowa. His family, including his parents and two sisters, are well-established in the Spencer community. Kuehler’s soccer journey commenced at Iowa Lakes Community College, where he played for one season in 2011. He then transferred to Briar Cliff University, where he showcased his soccer talents for three seasons (2012-2015) and served as a student coach in 2016. Post-graduation from Briar Cliff with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Kuehler moved to Des Moines, IA. In Des Moines, he expanded his coaching resume by working with West Des Moines Soccer and Sporting Iowa for two years. His role as the 1st Assistant and goalkeeper coach for the Norwalk High School boys’ soccer team was marked by remarkable success, leading the team to a 17-4 record and clinching the Iowa Boy’s class 2A State Championship. This accomplishment underscores his ability to develop and lead successful teams. Further enhancing his coaching experience, Kuehler spent a season as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s team at Defiance College in Defiance, OH, broadening his expertise and perspective in soccer coaching. Returning to Spencer, he continued his successful coaching career with the Spencer High School boys’ team and NWISC club, achieving notable records and tournament appearances. His role at Iowa Lakes Community College as the Reserve coach and 2nd Assistant for the Men’s team, contributing to their national championship victory, highlights his significant coaching experience.

Coach Kuehler’s knowledge of the game, great connections in Northwest Iowa, and extensive soccer expertise will prove valuable as we build our soccer program and Athletics Department. Everyone here at NCC is excited to work with him as he leads our Men’s Soccer Team.

Coach Kuehler conveyed his enthusiasm for the new position, stating, “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to lead NCC. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and bringing in some quality guys to compete in this tough ICCAC region! GO THUNDER!”

Northwest Iowa Community College is excited to embark on its journey in collegiate men’s soccer with a coach of Jesse Kuehler’s caliber. Coach Kuehler is actively recruiting for the fall 2024 season. For more details about the NCC Men’s Soccer program and future team developments, please reach out to Coach Kuehler directly at, or call 712-869-0861


NCC also offers intramural basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football. You also have free access to the Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center. Students taking a face-to-face class at NCC and registered for LLRC membership are eligible for free group fitness classes.