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.