Head coach Mike Woodley is in his sixth season with the Vikings and 39th year as a football coach. The 2009, 2011, and 2013 MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year has quickly turned the Grand View football program into the top in the nation.
In 2013, the Vikings were 14-0 overall and won the NAIA National Championship. Grand View won the MSFA Midwest title for the third straight season with a 6-0 league record and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Founder of Viking football, Woodley has spent 31 of his 36 seasons coaching in Iowa:graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, assistant coach at Waterloo East High School, head coach at Osage High School, head coach at St. Ambrose University, and a nine-year assistant coach at Iowa State University. Prior to Grand View, he spent four years as the athletic director and head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Houston, Texas.
Woodley is an inductee to the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and is a Hall of Fame member of the University of Northern Iowa, where he was an All-American, and Waterloo East High School. He won coach of the year honors at each school he coached and was the NAIA District 15 Coach of the Year while at St. Ambrose after his team earned a victory over IAA power Western Illinois.
Woodley’s name is synonymous with athletics in the state of Iowa as his sons are all involved in coaching. Brian is the head football coach at Johnston High School; Joe serves as Grand View’s defensive coordinator; Matt is the head men’s basketball coach at Truman State; Andy is assistant men’s basketball coach at Grand View.