2017 Women's Soccer Coaches
Ventsi Stoimirov
Head Coach - 20th Season
Graceland University

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, 2011,2012,2013 and 2014   Stoimirov has coached 15 All-American selections and 84 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 #17 (prior to 2016 see below on info) in the NAIA women’s soccer 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.   

Stoimirov 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 Master's 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.   

At Grand View, Stoimirov has accumulated a career record of 177-155-33 with several achievements over the years including - 

  • Three Conference Titles
  • Two Conference Tournament Titles
  • 120 All Conference Selections
  • 154 Academic All-Conference Selections (not counting this year you have that)
  • Four Conference Players of the Year
  • Three Conference Newcomers of the Year
  • One Regional Player of the Year
  • 31 All Region Selections
  • 35 Academic All Region Sections
  • 15 All American Selections
  • 84 Academic All American Selections
  • Three Conference Coach of the Year and one Regional Coach of the year awards
 
Deb Jenkins
Assistant Coach - 3rd Season

Deb Jenkins begins her third season on the Viking women’s coaching staff. Coach Jenkins completed a successful four-year soccer career at Grand View from 2009-2013 after being recruited from Hereford, England. During Jenkins’ tenure, the Vikings posted a 43-32-5 overall record, winning the conference in 2011, advancing to the MCC Tournament Championship three of Jenkins’ four seasons, and earning the program's first-ever bid into the NAIA National Championships by winning the MCC Championship in 2009.

Jenkins was captain of the team in 2012, earned all-conference recognition in 2009 & 2012, and was selected to be the Honors Convocation speaker for the 2013 Class.

After graduating with a degree in Health Promotion from Grand View University, Coach Jenkins went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration from Southwestern College, Winfield Kan., where she was a graduate assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. She holds a USSF “E” National Coaching License and a level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping License.

 
Joel Comito
Assistant Coach - 14th Season

Comito joined the Grand View Women's Soccer coaching staff in 2002 and is in his 14th season in his current role of assistant coach for the Vikings. In 2005, he returned to the women's soccer program after taking two seasons off with limited coaching responsibilities, while running professionally for the Saint Louis Track Club on the USA Running Circuit. Overall it has been 16 seasons since Comito first joined the coaching staff at Grand View. In that time, the Vikings have advanced to nine conference championship games, finished in the conference top three 11 times, won conference tournament or regular season titles on five occasions, been ranked in the national rankings seven seasons; while being a consistent contender for postseason appearances.     

Comito has an extensive background in soccer as both an athlete and a coach, holding an overall head coaching record of 221-125-35. He was a five-year letter winner at Dallas Center-Grimes High School, leading the Mustangs to four Summer Soccer State Tournaments from 1994 to 1997, and the 1998 Class 1A State Tournament. Comito coached six seasons of high school soccer (1999 Des Moines North, 2000-2001 ADM, 2002-2004 Indianola). He has also coach club soccer for the DCG Soccer Club, Johnston Soccer Club, and Vision Soccer Academy.

Comito graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Law, Politics, and Society (pre-law) with minors in history and political science, and a Bachelor of Science of Education degree from Drake University in 2002, where he ran cross country and track for the Bulldogs. Comito furthered his education at Drake University, graduating with a Masters in Public Administration in the fall of 2011. He holds a high school coaching license, a USSF "D" National Coaching License, and a level one goalkeeping license.

 
Andy Commins
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
 
Kaylee Grote
Student Assistant - 1st Season
 
Emma Jenski
Student Assistant - 1st Season
 
 
W - Soccer
Overall HAAC Streak
4-4 (.500) 1-1 (.500) Won 1