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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 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

Gary Gioffredi
Bowling Coach

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

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. 

Dance & Cheer - Stacie Horton

Stacie Horton
Dance/Cheer Coach

Stacie Horton is in her sixth year as head Cheerleading coach and fourteenth 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
Golf

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
Softball

Coach Yacinich begins his twelfth season as the softball coach at Grand View University. Yacinich has led the Viings to two NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2013. He is an alumnus of Grand View and played baseball from 1981-1985.

Yacinich's coaching experiences include serving as head softball coach at Urbandale High School in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, the team advanced to the State Tournament in which it placed sixth. Yacinich Jr. also served as an assistant at Valley High School in 1997and 1998. He was also the co-head softball coach at Waukee High School and led the team a second place finish in the 2009 state tournament. Other accomplishments include his induction 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 and he served as past president of the NAIA Softball Coaches Association.

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.

Women's Basketball - Garey Smith

Garey Smith
Women's Basketball

Garey Smith will be entering his fourteenth season at Grand View. Smith has led the Vikings to five trips to the conference championship game and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Vikings had the most successful seasons in program history in 2009-10 and 2011-12, advancing to the Elite 8 of the NAIA Championships. Smith has coached the NAIA National Player of the Year, the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, as well as the Post-Graduate Scholarship Recipient of the Year.

A native of Nevada, Iowa, Smith came to the Vikings from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 18 seasons at William Penn, he coached the Statesmen to six Iowa Conference titles and five NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Smith coached eight NCAA Division III All-Americans, twelve 1,000-point scorers and one 2,000-point scorer. He was honored in 1986, 1988, and 1989 with the Converse Regional Coach of the Year award.

Smith is a 1974 and 1986 graduate of Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri. His first head coaching job was with Fairfax H.S. in Fairfax, Missouri, where he led the team to the 1980 state championship. In 1989, Smith was inducted into the Missouri High School Coach's Hall of Fame.

Coach Smith resides in Maxwell with his wife Carole.

Women's Soccer - Ventsi Stoimirov

Ventsi Stoimirov
Women’s Soccer Coach

Ventsi Stoimirov started the women's soccer program at Grand View in 1998.  The Vikings won Midwest Collegiate Conference titles in 2003, 2004 and 2011, and finished as runner-up in 2005, 2007 and 2012.  The team also won the Conference Tournament title in 2003 and 2009, and finished as Tournament runner-up in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012.    Grand View advanced to the NAIA Region VII Tournament Quarterfinals in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and to the Tournament Semifinal in 2003.  The Vikings hit a milestone in 2009 making their first NAIA National Tournament appearance.  They were ranked nationally or received votes in the NAIA National rankings in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.   Stoimirov has coached 15 All-American selections and 53 Academic All-American Scholar Athlete selections. Stoimirov was also selected as the MCC Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2011 and NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year in 2003.   Stoimirov is currently ranked #16 in the NAIA women’s soccer coaches winningest active coaches. Stoimirov, who has an International FIFA/UEFA "B" Coaching License, has ten years of club coaching experience.   His Iowa United Soccer teams have won five state championships.

Stoimirov was a six-year starter for the Des Moines Menace playing on the teams that reached the final four of the National Tournament in 1995 and 1998. He was also voted the Menace Fans MVP for the 2000 season.  Stoimirov was also a two year starter for Graceland University in 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.  He was selected as a team captain, second team All -Conference and NAIA Academic All American during the 1994-95 season.

He grew up in Bulgaria, playing for the CSKA F.C. Sofia.   He was a member of three national championship teams on youth and collegiate levels and the under-17 National Team Pool.  Stoimirov also played in the second division of what is now the Professional Soccer League.

Stoimirov was one year away from completing his Masters Degree with a triple major in Coaching Football (Soccer), Physical Education and Sports Management before transferring to Graceland. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Graceland University in 1995 and his Master’s In Business Administration from Iowa State University in 1998.

Women's Volleyball - Tina Carter

Tina Carter
Volleyball

Tina Carter begins her sixth season as head coach of the Viking volleyball program, amassing a record of 142-64 including a school record 39-10 in 2011. In the five years under Carter’s direction, the Vikings have vaulted to the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference and become one of the top volleyball programs in the NAIA.

Grand View won the MCC regular season title in both 2011 and 2012, the MCC Tournament title in 2011, and made national tournament appearances in both 2011 and 2012. Carter was voted the MCC Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2011.

The Vikings were ranked nationally every week in 2012 and attained the program’s highest ranking ever of No. 7 in the NAIA.

Last season, the Vikings went 29-11 and were 5-1 (tied for first place) in conference play. Five players were named to the MCC  All-Conference Teams and Kelley Johnson was voted as the MCC Newcomer of the Year. Devon Jensen earned her fourth MCC First Team All-Conference award and was named to the NAIA and AVCA All-America Teams – her fourth All-American honor. Kadie Subbert was also recognized as an NAIA and AVCA All-American. Jensen and Subbert both earned AVCA All-Region honors.

Carter was been a member of the Iowa High Performance Coaching staff from 2008-12, three of those seasons as a head coach. Her 2008 Iowa Region Girls Select Team and 2012 Iowa Region Girls Youth Teams both won silver medals. The past two seasons, Carter has been an assistant coach for the Iowa Ice Professional Volleyball League (PVL). The Iowa Ice placed second at the inaugural PVL Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 and won the gold medal at the 2013 PVL Championships in Louisville, Ky.

Carter came to Grand View after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Iowa State from 2005-2007 and the Assistant Coach at Drake from 2003-2005. She has also coached for Central Iowa Select VB Club and Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance (IPVA) and serves on the Iowa Region Board.

Carter played her collegiate career at Southern Methodist University on a full athletic scholarship. She captained the SMU volleyball team and was a member of the Academic All-WAC Team. Carter graduated from SMU in 1998 with a degree in psychology, and she completed her Master of Education Degree in sports management from Iowa State University in 2001. Carter resides in Altoona with her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Lauren.

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