Meet Our Coaches
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 MCC 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.
Bowling - Gary Gioffredi
Gioffredi, a Grand View alumnus, earned multiple top-five state awards for singles, doubles and teams before the age of 12 and basically "grew up in the bowling alley" with his family. He played football and baseball for the Des Moines Lincoln Railsplitters and baseball for Grand View. He played centerfield and pitched for the Vikings and was a member of the 1991 World Series Team. Following graduation from Grand View, Gioffredi returned to competitive bowling. Since that time, he has consistently averaged over 200 and has bowled three sanctioned 300 games. He has bowled and placed at the National Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada, along with multiple state tournaments.
The inaugural year for the Vikings was a successful one, with several top ten finishes for the men's and women's teams. 2011 looks to be exciting with the addition of several of the top bowlers from the state of Iowa to both rosters.
Cross Country & Track - Jerry Monner
Cross Country and Track
Coach Monner begins his eighth year as the men's and women's track & field coach at Grand View. Under his leadership, the Vikings have won 16 conference championships in track & field. In just seven years at Grand View, Monner has coached 114 individual conference champions, 23 conference champion relay teams, produced 128 NAIA individual national qualifiers, 12 NAIA national qualifying relay teams, 35 NAIA All-Americans and four NAIA National Champions.
Along with his track & field and cross country coaching duties Monner has served as the track & field chair for the Midwest Collegiate Conference and is on the NAIA Indoor Games Committee. He also holds memberships with USA Track & Field and the National Throws Coaches Association.
He brings an impressive background to the Viking program after spending two years as head cross country and track & field coach at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Earlier he served as a graduate assistant track and field coach at Loras College and as assistant track and field coach at Iowa Wesleyan College. Monner received his bachelor's degree in sports management and physical education from Iowa Wesleyan and his master's degree in athletic administration at Loras College.
Dance & Cheer - Stacie Horton
Stacie Horton is in her fifth year as head Cheerleading coach and eleventh season as the head coach of the Competitive Dance team. Horton, a Grand View graduate with a mass communication degree, was a member of the University of Iowa pom-pon squad and has coached the Iowa Barnstormers' dance team.
She has led the Grand View Dance Team to qualifying UDA Nationals held in Daytona Beach, Florida, for six straight seasons (2008-13). In both 2011 and 2012, the GV Dance Team was national runner-up in the Jazz Division. The team performs at football games, selected men's and women's basketball games, and several competitions throughout the year.
Golf - 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.
Softball - Lou A. Yacinich
Lou A. Yacinich
Coach Yacinich led the Vikings to their first national tournament appearance in 2006. He's an alum of Grand View and played baseball from 1981-1985. His coaching experiences include serving as head softball coach at Urbandale High School, with a 2002 team that placed sixth the State Tournament, an assistant coach at Valley High School and assistant coach at Waukee High School, the 2009 state runner-up. Yacinich was inducted into the Iowa Amateur Softball Association Men's Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2000 after playing in the major-open level from 1986-1996.
Tennis - 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 who both compete on the tennis teams at West Des Moines Valley High School. Ryan joined the Viking tennis team in the fall of 2013.
Women's Basketball - Garey Smith
Coach Smith has led the Vikings to six trips to the conference tournament championship game, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Vikings made program history and advanced to the Elite 8 of the national tournament in both 2010 and 2012.
A native of Nevada, Iowa, Smith came to the Vikings from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 18 seasons with the women's program at William Penn, he coached the Statesmen to six Iowa Conference titles and five NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Smith has coached numerous All-Americans and 1,000-point career scorers, and one 2,000-point scorer and the 2012 NAIA National Player of the Year. He was honored in 1986, 1988, and 1989 with the Converse Regional Coach of the Year award and has been named the MCC Coah of the Year Award many times. During the 2012-13 season, Smith recorded his 700th collegiate career win and is one of the winningest coaches in the NAIA.
Women's Soccer - Ventsi Stoimirov
Women’s Soccer Coach
Coach Stoimirov was a member of the Bulgarian Junior National Team and started six seasons for the Des Moines Menace, leading the team to two final four appearances.
He's built a program known for its successes on and off the field. In 2011 the Vikings won the MCC regular season title. GV won the MCC Tournament in 2009 and earned the program's first trip to the NAIA Championships. In 2003, the Vikings rocketed to the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, earning their first MCC title. The 2003, 2004 and 2011 MCC Coach of the Year and 2003 Region Coach of the Year has coached 79 MCC All-Conference athletes, four MCC Players of the Year, 129 MCC Academic All-Conference athletes, 14 NAIA Academic All-Region athletes, one Region Player of the Year, 20 NAIA All-Region athletes, 32 NAIA Academic All-Americans, and 16 NAIA All-Americans.
Women's Volleyball - Tina Carter
Tina Carter begins her fifth season as head coach of the Viking volleyball program. In the four years under Carter's reign, the Vikings have vaulted to the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, winning the program's first regular season title and MCC Tournament title in 2012. Carter was voted as the MCC Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2011. GV also made its first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2012 and finished the season ranked as the No. 19 team in the nation.