2016-17 Men's Volleyball Coaches
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Donan Cruz
Head Coach - 6th Season
Graceland University

Donan Cruz enters his sixth season as head coach for the Vikings. Grand View begins the 2017 season as a top five nationally-ranked program for the fourth straight season.

In January of 2011, Coach Cruz was hired to lead the Vikings and quickly transformed Grand View into one of the top men's volleyball programs in the nation. Cruz, the 2014 and 2015 AVCA NAIA Men's Volleyball National Coach of the Year has guided the Vikings to the NAIA National Invitational Championship match in 2016 and two Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015. Grand View won the NAIA North Division title in 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship. He has coached multiple All-Americans (Nikola Vukicevic 2012, 2014; Pedro Cardoso 2014, 2015, 2016; Felipe Rosa 2016) and All-Conference performers and one NAIA National Player of the Yea, Pedro Cardoso, in 2014. In 2015, Grand View earned the program's first No. 1 national ranking.

Cruz has also served as the assistant volleyball coach for the Viking women's team for the past eight seasons. During this time, in the NAIA, winning multiple conference titles and multiple National Tournament appearances.

Prior to moving to Iowa from his home state of Hawai'i, Cruz spent a year as the head boys' varsity coach at University of Hawaii Lab School while he was working at Chaminade University of Honolulu as a student advisor.

Coach Cruz is a member of the USA Volleyball community. Most recently, he served as Associate Head Coach for USA Volleyball A3 Camp in Vernon Hills, Illinois. He was also involved in the 2014 and 2015 High Performance Championships in Tulsa and Des Moines. Following the High Performance Championships in 2015, Cruz served as a training coach for the USA Boys Youth National Team in preparation for the U19 World Championships in Argentina. This is the second time Cruz served as a training coach with the national team pipeline as he assisted as an apprentice coach with the USA Women's Junior National team in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, Cruz served as an Assistant Coach for the Boys Select A1 program in Ft. Lauderdale and Des Moines. In 2011, Cruz coached the first Iowa Region boy's team at the HP Championships in Tucson, Arizona.

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 Stew 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. He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Anna, and their son, Nixon.

 
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Kyle Hanagami
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Grand View University
Kyle Hanagami is from Hilo, Hawaii and in his second season with the Vikings since finishing up eligibility in spring 2015.  Hanagami was a part of the 2012 inaugural season.  He was a four-year starting setter for the Vikings and currently holds the record for all-time assists for Grand View men's volleyball with 2,601 assists.  Kyle played an instrumental role on the team all four years of his career leading the Vikings to a conference final in his sophomore season.  In his junior and senior years, the Vikings won back-to-back conference championships and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Semifinals.
 
In 2014, Hanagami was named First Team All-Conference and at the national tournament was named the NAIA Sportsman of the Year.  In 2013, he made All-Conference Honorable Mention. In his first season as an assistant, he was apart of the staff that advanced to the NAIA National Championship game. 
 
Hanagami graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Sports Management. Kyle is currently a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness. 
 
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Rhett Kane
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Grand View University
Rhett Kane is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii and is in his second season with the Vikings after finishing his eligibility in the spring of 2015. Rhett was a part of the inaugural season in 2012.  He was a very versatile player contributing to the team in all positions on the court throughout his career.  In his last two seasons as a Viking, the team as a  semifinalist at nationals in 2014 and 2015 and won back to back conference championships.
 
In his first season as an assistant, he was apart of the staff that advanced to the NAIA National Championship game.
 
Kane graduated in the Spring of 2016, majoring in Kinesiology and Health Promotion while minoring in Business and Sports Management. Rhett is currently working on his masters in Sports Management. 
 
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VJ Gonzalez
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Grand View University
VJ Gonzalez is from Carolina, Puerto Rico and in his first season with the Vikings since finishing up eligibility in spring 2015.  Gonzalez was apart of the 2012 inaugural season.  He was a four-year starting outside hitter for Grand View men's volleyball.  VJ played an instrumental role on the team all four years of his career helping lead the Vikings to a conference final in his sophomore season, back-to-back conference championships and NAIA National Tournament Semifinals in his junior and senior seasons.  Gonzalez was also a three-year captain with the program.
 
In 2013 and 2014 VJ was named to the All-Conference Second Team and All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2012. In his first season as an assistant, he was apart of the staff that advanced to the NAIA National Championship game. In 2016, Gonzalez completed his first year of professional volleyball in the Superior League for Gigantes in Carolina, Puerto Rico. 
 
Gonzalez graduated in December of 2015 with a degree Health Promotion and Wellness Management.
 
 
 
 
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Trevor Sullivan
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Grand View University

Trevor Sullivan is from Oswego, Illinois and is in his first year on staff with the vikings. Sullivan was a middle blocker in the inaugural season in 2012. In his last two seasons as a Viking, the team was a semifinalist at nationals in 2014 and 2015 and won back to back conference chamionships. 

Sullivan graduated in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Sports Management. Sullivan currently is an assistant volleyball coach at Ankeny High School and works at Fitness World as a personal trainer. 

 
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Arnaldo Rivera Gonzalez
Student Assistant - 3rd Season
Arnaldo Rivera is from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico and is in his second year with the GV staff as a student assistant.  Rivera plays a crucial role with the program as the film coordinator and equipment manager.  In 2015, Arnaldo helped the team advance to the semifinals of the national tournament and win the NAIA North regular season conference championship. In 2016, he was also apart of the staff that advanced to the NAIA National Championship match.
 
Outside of volleyball, Rivera is a member of the GV Leadership team and is a Multicultural Ambassador.  He is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
 
Rivera is a double major in Biology and Spanish and a minor in Chemistry. 
 

 

 
 
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Overall NAIA Streak
8-3 (.727) 3-0 (1.000) Lost 1