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Troy Plummer
Athletic Director

Plummer received his BA in Business Management/Athletic Administration (double major) from Simpson College and his MS in Sport Management from Western Illinois University. Troy has been named the conference Athletic Director of the Year twice.

He’s very excited about the growth of our sports programs, commenting,“At a time when many colleges are dropping athletic programs, we are adding athletic opportunities for our students. We are also unique in the fact that we can offer athletic scholarships, which allows us to compete at a very high level athletically while still maintaining our commitment to the individual student’s academic success.”

He played baseball at Simpson and was an outfielder and pitcher in the Division III World Series in 1991. Troy is a big sports enthusiast and enjoys watching baseball and playing golf. But his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, Amy, and three children.

Baseball - Lou Yacinich

Lou Yacinich 
Baseball Coach

Lou Yacinich starts his 41st year as Viking head baseball coach, compiling a 1,066-745 record (1,196-887 overall).  From 1971-76 Grand View competed at the junior college level, and Yacinich guided his teams to a state championship (1974) and two state runner-ups (1975,1976), with many team members going on to compete at major colleges and universities, some playing professionally. His coaching accolades include:

  • District 15 titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012
  • Area Championships in 2001
  • Participated in NAIA World Series in 1984, 1985, 1991,2010, 2012. 
  • Coach of the Year District 15 in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997
  • Midwest Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012; Area 4 in 1984, 1985, 1991; and Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999. 
  • In November 1994, he served as Trial Coach in Homestead, Fla., for selection of the 1996 USA Baseball Team. 

Yacinich is a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame, Grand View Athletic Hall of Fame, the ABCA National Hall of Fame, and the 2014 NAIA Robert E. Smith Award winner.  Speaking of the Grand View baseball players, Yacinich said, “It’s a pleasure to be able to offer top-quality academic and athletic programs to so many high-caliber young men, and to watch them reap the rewards through individual hard work and dedication.”


Bowling - Gary Gioffredi

Gary Gioffredi
Bowling Coach

Coach Gioffredi was hired to lead the inaugural Grand View bowling teams in the fall of 2010. He has an extensive background in bowling. He began bowling in sanctioned leagues at the age of 5. Coach Gioffredi has earned multiple top 5 state awards for singles, doubles and teams before the age of 12 and basically "grew up in the bowling alley" with his family.  Gioffredi, a Grand View alumus, came to GV via Des Moines Lincoln High School where he played both football and baseball for the Railsplitters. He was then awarded a Presidential Art Scholarship along with a four-year academic and baseball scholarship to Grand View. Gioffredi played centerfield and pitched for the Vikings and was a member of the 1991 World Series Team.
Following graduating from Grand View, Gioffredi returned to competitive bowling. In that time, he has consistently averaged over 200 and has bowled three sanctioned 300 games. Gioffredi has bowled and placed at the National Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada, along with multiple state tournaments.
Gioffredi resides in Indianola with his wife Lorna, and their three children John, Gage, and Grace. 
Cross Country & Track - Jerry Monner

Jerry Monner
Cross Country and Track

Head coach Jerry Monner begins his tenth year as the men’s and women’s cross country coach at Grand View University.   Under his leadership, the Vikings continue to be one of the top programs in the Midwest Collegiate Conference each season.  In 2013, he guided three individuals to the NAIA National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, and had three athletes earn MCC All-Conference honors.

During the 2011 season he coached the Viking women to a first place finish at the MCC conference championships qualifying them for their first ever team berth to the NAIA National Championships ending the season as the 24th ranked team in the nation.  Over the past five seasons, Monner has guided eleven individuals and one team to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships highlighted by Obsie Birru being crowned the 2011 NAIA National Champion earning All-American honors for the fourth consecutive year.

In his tenure at Grand View, Monner has coached 31 runners to MCC All-Conference honors, 14 NAIA individual national qualifiers, 5 MCC conference champions, 4 NAIA All-Americans, and one National Champion in cross country.  In 2005 he was named the MCC men’s coach of the year and in 2011 he was named the conference women’s coach of the year after guiding both teams to the MCC titles.

Prior to arriving at Grand View, Monner was the head cross country and track & field coach at the University of Minnesota-Morris.  He’s also been on staff as an assistant track & field coach at Loras College and Iowa Wesleyan College.

A native of Andrew, Iowa, Monner holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management and physical education and completed his master’s degree in athletic administration in 2002. 

Football - Mike Woodley

Mike Woodley
Football Coach

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.

Golf - Chris Winkel

Chris Winkel

Chris Winkel is in his ninth season as head golf coach at Grand View University. Under Winkel's leadership, the Viking men's golf program has grown to be one of the top programs in the nation, ranked in the top five in the NAIA and achieving a No. 1 Nike/Golf World ranking in 2010.

Winkel led the Vikings to three national tournament appearances in 2006, 2010, and 2011. In both 2010 and 2011, Grand View finished sixth at the national championships and three players were named All-Americans. Grand View won Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship in 2010 and 2011 and Coach Winkel was voted by his peers as MCC Coach of the Year in both 2006, 2010, 2011.

An accomplished player and teacher and PGA professional for 12 years, Winkel was named Iowa's PGA "Player of the Year" in both 1999 and 2003, is a three-time Iowa PGA section champion, and has competed in three PGA tour events. Winkel, the owner and operator of Impact Golf Services at Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny, Iowa, has devoted the past five years exclusively to expanding the game of golf through his many golf enterprises. Through Impact Golf Services, Winkel instructs over a thousand golfers annually through individual golf lessons, junior golf programs and corporate golf schools. His efforts have earned him Iowa PGA "Teacher of the Year" honors in 2001 as well as named one of Iowa's "Best Teachers" 2003.

Chris resides in Ankeny with his wife Cindy, and their sons C.J, Jack, and Luke.

Men's Basketball - Denis Schaefer

Denis Schaefer
Basketball Coach

Denis Schaefer has led the Grand View Vikings to success on and off the basketball court during his fifteen years as Head Coach. The success his teams have on the court is only the beginning, as his players move on to become successful individuals upon their graduation from Grand View University.

Coach Schaefer has a true passion for coaching the game of basketball to young men. Teaching the game of basketball is when Coach Schaefer is at his best; his ability to coach the finer points of the game to players is what leads to the improvement that is always seen from his team. Good players leave as great players, and average players leave his program as good players. The players Coach Schaefer brings into his program are first and foremost good people. His players must have a passion for the game, be willing to work hard to achieve the highest level of play possible, and be willing to put the team ahead of themselves.

Denis Schaefer coached teams are known for three things; Good defense; his team consistently ranks at the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference in defense, valuing the ball, and having a "Team Together" mentality.

Men's Soccer - Blair Reid

Blair Reid
Men's Soccer

Blair Reid, entering his 30th season as men’s head soccer coach, has amassed a record of 360-202-30 while at Grand View. He is currently the fifth winningest active coach in the NAIA and Grand View is among the top 25 winningest NAIA programs. Reid  has coached the Vikings to 15 Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships, 13 MCC Tournament Championships, 7 NAIA District 15 Championships, one NAIA Region VII Championship and 9 National Tournament appearances. He has been named NAIA Region Coach of the Year four times, MCC Coach of the Year eight times, and District Coach of the Year seven times. He has coached 41 All-Americans and 20 Academic All-American Scholars during his tenure.

Reid coached USL member the Des Moines Menace from 1994-1997.  In 1995 the Menace qualified for the PDL’s prestigious National Tournament.  At the time Reid was voted PDL National Coach of the Year.  He was also head boys’ coach for Dowling High School in West Des Moines 1985-1993, amassing a 125-25-12 record.

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Reid graduated from New York State University at Brockport in 1975.   In 2001 he was inducted into the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.  Reid was instrumental establishing soccer as a state-sanctioned high school sport in Iowa.

Reid resides in Des Moines with wife, Dot.

Men's Volleyball - Donan Cruz

Donan Cruz
Men's Volleyball

Donan Cruz enters his third season as head coach for the Vikings.  Grand View begins the 2014 season as a top ten nationally-ranked program.

In January of 2011, Coach Cruz was hired to lead the Vikings, but was no stranger to GV Athletics.  Cruz has served as the assistant volleyball coach for the Viking women's team for the past four seasons. During this time, the program has risen as one of the top teams in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, sharing the regular season conference title in 2012 and winning the conference and the conference tournament in 2011. The women's team was ranked in the NAIA Top 25 throughout the entire 2012 season and qualified for its second consecutive national tournament appearance.

Cruz comes to Grand View having served as a coach with IPVA club team in Des Moines. He spent his first two years with IPVA as an 18’s club coach and in 2011 as a skill trainer and development coach.  Prior to moving to Iowa from his home state of Hawai’i, Cruz spent a year as the head boy’s varsity coach at University of Hawai’i Lab School.

Coach Cruz is a member of the USA Volleyball community.  Most recently, he served as one the head coaches for the USA Select Boys program at the 2012 HP Championships in Des Moines.  Prior to the start of the championships, Cruz spent a week as an apprentice coach with the USA Women’s Junior National Team.  In 2011, Cruz coached the first Iowa Region boy’s team at the HP Championships in Tucson, Arizona.  Along the way he has also worked numerous High Performance tryouts and camps with USA Volleyball and the Iowa Region.

Cruz played his college career at Graceland University where he was an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Yellowjackets.  He was the team captain his junior and senior seasons.  Graceland is also where Cruz got his collegiate coaching start under Stu McDole.  Cruz spent two seasons as an intern student coach with the lady Yellowjackets and spent his last year as an intern recruiting coordinator at GU.  Cruz graduated from Graceland in 2006 with a degree in Marketing Communications.

Tennis - Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson
Men's and Women's Golf

Bob Peterson joined the Viking coaching staff in the Fall of 2012. Peterson has an extensive background in tennis and longtime presence in the Des Moines area community. He has been instructing tennis for over 20 years, most recently as the Head Professional at both the Aspen Athletic Club and Echo Valley Country Club in the Des Moines area. Prior to his Head Professional stints, Peterson was the Director of Tennis at both the Des Moines Golf & Country Club and Ames Racquet & Fitness Center. His certifications include a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Classification of Level 1 and Classification of Professional Tennis Registry (highest rating).

As a player, Peterson won two Iowa High School State Singles Championships and also competed in the Iowa High School State Doubles Championships. He played tennis for NCAA Div I University of Louisville on scholarship where he was co-captain and on the Top-50 Team.

Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville where he competed at the collegiate level. He resides in West Des Moines with his wife Kayla and their two children Ryan and Kelsie.

Wrestling - Nick Mitchell

Nick Mitchell
Wrestling Coach

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Nick Mitchell
Head Coach - 8th Season

Mitchell has built a dynasty from the ground up.  Head Coach Nick Mitchell started the first ever wrestling team at Grand View University with the 2008-2009 season and in just six short years the Vikings have become a perennial power.  A look at the numbers and facts:

  • 2012, 2013 & 2014 NAIA National Champions
  • 2012, 2013 & 2014 Cliff Keen National Dual Champions
  • 2012, 2013 & 2014 NWCA National Coach of the Year
  • 2012 & 2014 NAIA National Coach of the Year
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 Regional Coach of the Year
  • Coached 41 All-Americans (school record 11 in 2014)
  • 13 NAIA individual National Champions in Glenn Rhees, Matt Burns 2X, Omi Acosta, Eric Thompson 3X, Gustavo Martinez, Chad Lowman, Jimmie Schuessler, Ryak Finch & Brandon Wright
  • 30 Central Regional Individual Champions
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Central Regional Team Champions
  • 6 top-10 national finishes 8th-2009, 9th in 2010, 5th in 2011, 1st in 2012, 1st in 2013 & 1st in 2014
  • 27 wrestlers have been honored by the NWCA with All-Academic team selections
  • Has a 60-9 record in duals over 6 seasons
  • 2014 team tied the national point record with 193.5 points
  • 2014 team broke the national record for greatest margin of victory: 108

Although the Vikings have become one of the nation's elite teams by consecutively winning the last three NAIA National Championships, Mitchell's goals haven't changed. "We want to continue to strive to be the best in the nation year after year. To do this it takes a total team effort. Every guy on the team needs to be committed to living a championship lifestyle and ‘doing more' than everyone else in the nation."

Prior Coaching
Before coming to Grand View Mitchell was an assistant coach at Wartburg College for eight years.  In that span, he helped 62 athletes achieve All-American status.  Additionally, four of those teams won National titles.

Mitchell wrestled his college career at Wartburg where he was a three-time Iowa Conference champion and three-time NCAA Division III All-American. Individually, he finished second at the national championships once and was third twice, and was a part of the 1999 national championship team Mitchell was team captain for the Knights and was named the team's Outstanding Wrestler twice. He compiled 114 wins as a Knight and is a member of the Wartburg College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bachelor of Science in Education from Wartburg 2000

He resides in Ankeny with his wife, Rachelle and daughters Brynn and Paige.