Head coach Mike Woodley is in his sixth season with the Vikings and 39th year as a football coach. The 2009, 2011, and 2013 MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year has quickly turned the Grand View football program into the top in the nation.
In 2013, the Vikings were 14-0 overall and won the NAIA National Championship. Grand View won the MSFA Midwest title for the third straight season with a 6-0 league record and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Founder of Viking football, Woodley has spent 31 of his 36 seasons coaching in Iowa:
graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, assistant coach at Waterloo East High School, head coach at Osage High School, head coach at St. Ambrose University, and a nine-year assistant coach at Iowa State University. Prior to Grand View, he spent four years as the athletic director and head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Houston, Texas.
Woodley is an inductee to the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and is a Hall of Fame member of the University of Northern Iowa, where he was an All-American, and Waterloo East High School. He won coach of the year honors at each school he coached and was the NAIA District 15 Coach of the Year while at St. Ambrose after his team earned a victory over IAA power Western Illinois.
Woodley’s name is synonymous with athletics in the state of Iowa as his sons are all involved in coaching. Brian is the head football coach at Johnston High School; Joe serves as Grand View’s defensive coordinator; Matt is the head men’s basketball coach at Truman State; Andy is assistant men’s basketball coach at Grand View.
Joe Woodley enters his sixth year as defensive coordinator for the Vikings. Woodley has been instrumental in the Vikings’ success since the program’s inception in 2008. Grand View has finished 6-1 in the MSFA Midwest the past two seasons and won its second conference title in 2012.
During the program’s five seasons, the Vikings have continued to advance in every defensive statistical category. Last season, GV was again among the top defenses in the NAIA and ranked nationally in: scoring defense (7th-16.1), total sacks (13th-32.5), total defense (15th-297), rush defense (19th-118), and pass defense (25th-179).
The 2009 MSFA Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year has coached many All-Conference players, All-Americans, and one MSFA Midwest Player of the Year.
Prior to GV, Woodley spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as the defensive line and linebacker coach for Johnston High School under his brother, Brian, who is the head coach. The Dragons were 7-2 in 2007–the best record in program history. Before Johnston, Woodley spent two seasons at St. Ambrose University where he coached the defensive backs and linebackers. During his two years at St. Ambrose, the Bees were 15-5, in the top ten in the nation defensively, and made a playoff appearance. He coached under Todd Sturdy who is now the offensive coordinator at Washington State.
A West Des Moines, Iowa, native, Woodley was both a First Team Elite All-State Linebacker and Central Iowa Metro League (CIML) Player of the Year for the Valley High School Tigers in 1998. He played college football for Iowa State University from 1999-2003. He was a team captain and played in three bowl games: the Insight Bowl, the Independence Bowl, and the Humanitarian Bowl.
Woodley’s recruiting areas include Central Iowa, Iowa Central Community College, and Houston, Texas. He resides in Grimes with his wife, Jen, and daughters, Anna, Elly and Emma.
Austin Flynn enters his third season with Grand View. He was a four-year standout for Iowa State University from 2002-2006 as quarterback and wide receiver. He threw for more than 1,000 yards during his two years as quarterback before transitioning to a wide receiver.
Following his stellar collegiate career, Flynn was invited to the Baltimore Ravens Rookie Tryout in 2006. Later he turned his interests toward coaching and began his career at South Houston High School as a wide receiver and defensive backs coach. After just one season at South Houston, he was promoted to defensive coordinator while continuing to coach the defensive backs.
Flynn and his wife, Jana, have a son, Ethan.
Travis Johansen begins his first season as assistant coach at Grand View. He comes to Grand View after six years on staff at NCAA Div II Concordia University (Minn.). Last season he served as the Defensive Coordinator after serving five years on the Concordia coaching staff working with the secondary. At Concordia, his defense ranked 15th nationally in tackling the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage.
Johansen also spent his playing days at Concordia where he was a part of the Golden Bear defense that won two NSIC Championships in 2003 and 2005. Johansen was an All-NSIC First Team performer as a senior, making 80 tackles with 11.5 for loss and a pair of sacks; and was an All-NSIC Second Team player as a junior as well. His senior season was one of the best defensive seasons in Concordia football history as the unit ranked sixth in the NCAA in run defense (87.2 yards per game) and 14th in the NCAA in total defense (284.4).
In his playing career, Johansen and the Golden Bears produced a 33-13 overall record and a 24-7 record in Northern Sun play with Johansen suiting up in 44 of those 46 games in his four seasons between 2002 and 2005. He finished with 221 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in his career on the field.
Johansen completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and sport management at Concordia in 2007.
Tyler Andersen begins his fourth year as assistant coach for the Vikings. He was a First-Team MSFA defensive end and team captain for Grand View in 2009. A Madrid native, Andersen transferred from Iowa Central Community College where he spent two seasons playing football for the Tritons. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Grand View.
Jon Pilcher was head coach at Nevada and Louisa-Muscatine High Schools for three seasons. He spent eight years as an assistant football coach at Nevada, Muscatine, and Mountain Grove High Schools, and one year as an assistant coach at Iowa Central Community College.
As a player, Pilcher was a two-year First-Team All-Conference selection and a Des Moines Register All-State Lineman. He was a three-year starter for the University of Northern Iowa where he received all-conference recognition and the Oil Can Award his senior year.
Pilcher holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa. He completed his Master of Sport Science degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy and is currently working on his school administration endorsement through Viterbo University.
Pilcher resides in Ankeny with his wife, Michelle, and three children, Grayden, Maya and Brock.
Andy Jepson begins his sixth year coaching the quarterbacks. Through the first five years of the program, the Viking quarterbacks have thrown for 8,573 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Jepson was a two-year starting quarterback for Iowa Central Community College in 1996-97 where he earned All-Region and Academic All-American recognition. He continued his playing career at Cal Poly State where he was a starter, two-year letter winner and team captain. Following college, Jepson played two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Sioux Falls Cobras and Iowa Barnstormers.
Jepson has worked for Wells Fargo for twelve years. He graduated from Cal Poly State in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
He resides in Clive with his wife, Krista, son, Jack, and daughter, Willow.
Coach Zuck enters his sixth year at Grand View as the running backs and kickers coach. Zuck has coached three First-Team selections and a Second-Team selection since the program began in 2008. As a group, the Running Backs have accounted for over 7,700 yards and 86 touchdowns through the first five years.
Zuck began his coaching career as an assistant at Wapsie Valley High School, Fairbank. He assisted as the offensive and defensive line coach, as well as the kicking and punting coach for the Varsity. The Warriors reached back to back championship games in 2006 and 2007, winning it in 2007. In all, Zuck coached at Wapsie Valley for five years, assisting with football, baseball, and boy's track.
A Fairbank, Iowa, native and Wapsie Valley alum, Zuck was a two-time First-Team All-District player along with All-State for the Warriors. He won championships both as a player and a coach while at Wapsie Valley High School.
Zuck played collegiately at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, under current Iowa State University Offensive Coordinator Courtney Messingham. He was a two-way starter as the kicker and punter for the Peacocks' Special Teams.
Zuck obtained his B.A. in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa. He is the Director of Wellness at Scottish Rite Park, Inc. in Des Moines. He will complete his Master’s Degree in the spring of 2014 in Coaching Education through Ohio University.
Zuck resides in Ankeny with his wife Malynda, daughters Kyra and Lyndee, and son Ryder.
Sixth year defensive line coach Tom Barnabo is the physical education teacher at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, a position he has held since 1996. At Dowling, Barnabo served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. His teams won back-to-back state football championships and went 26-0 in 2000 and 2001. He also spent four years coaching at Urbandale High School as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Barnabo graduated in 1982 from Parker High School in Janesville, Wis. He was an All-State Linebacker and All-State Shrine Bowl participant. He played football at Drake University from 1982-87 and then served as a graduate assistant football coach at Montana State University from 1987-89. He was the defensive coordinator at Lake Worth High School (Fla.) in 1989-90 before going to Simpson College where he served as the linebackers coach for the Storm in 1990-92. During his two seasons at Simpson, the Storm won conference titles, NCAA playoff berths, and had a 19-3 record. Barnabo coached at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas, from 1992-96.
Barnabo resides in West Des Moines with his wife Susan. He has two sons, Dalton and Cole. Dalton plays football for the Vikings.
Opdahl is in his third season as a wide receivers coach with the Vikings. He played football at Grand View for three seasons and scored the first touchdown for Grand View in its inaugural 2008 season. Opdahl was an MSFA Midwest All-Conference selection for the Vikings.
Coach Opdahl graduated from Grand View with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis Sport Management. He currently works as a ticket sales representative with the Iowa Wild Hockey team.
Opdahl resides in West Des Moines with his girlfriend Lydia.
Tyler Martin begins his first year with Grand View as the outside linebackers coach.
Prior to Grand View, Martin served as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Dodge City Community College. Before to his coaching stint with the Conquistadors, Martin was a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State University coaching the safeties and outside linebackers. He coached two outside linebackers to All-Conference honors in 2009, and a safety to All-Conference honors in 2007 and Division II national player of the year honors in 2008.
A native of Bendena, Kan., Martin played his collegiate career as a safety at Northwest Missouri State. As a Bearcat, Martin played or coached in five straight NCAA Division II national championship games, winning the National Championship in 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in public relations from Northwest in 2006, and his master's degree in athletic administration in 2009.
Martin and his wife, Steph, are the owners of Once Upon a Child in Clive. They reside in Johnston with their daughter, Maddie.
Brent Curvey begins his first year as assistant coach for the Vikings. Curvey was a four-year standout at Iowa State University where he earned First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 and Second Team recognition in 2006. He is most known for the one-handed interception return against Colorado in 2005.
Curvey went on to get picked up as a free agent in the NFL by the Carolina Panthers in 2007. After being released by the Panthers, Curvey went to the CFL to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two seasons (2007-08) where he won the Grey Cup championship with the organization in 2007.
Following the two-year stint in Canada, Coach Curvey moved back to Iowa in 2009 and played three seasons in the Arena Football League for the Iowa Barnstormers where led the team in sacks for three years, set a single game sack record, and was an All-League selection.
Curvey earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State. He currently resides in West Des Moines with his fiancé Patrice and sons Jeremiah, Malachi, Brice, and daughter Mariah.
O.J. Sinclair enters his first year on the Grand View staff as the tight ends coach. He spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Des Moines Lincoln High School where he was a two-time all conference selection. He played defensive back at Division II Bemidji State University under head coach Jeff Tesch and was part of the Beaver’s 2004 defensive unit that lead the NSIC in scoring defense, interceptions, turnovers, and turnover margin.
Sinclair holds his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Drake University and is employed as a technology teacher at Des Moines Public Schools.
He resides in Ankeny with his fiancé, Onica.
|14-0 (1.000)||6-0 (1.000)||Won 14|
|(1) University of the Cumberlands at||23|
|(2) Grand View||35|
|NAIA Championship Game|
|(5) Morningside College at||0|
|(2) Grand View||35|
|NAIA Championship Semifinal Round|
|Tabor College at||24|
|NAIA Championship Quarterfinals|
|(15) Ottawa University at||13|
|(2) Grand View||38|
|NAIA Championship Opening Round|
|Simpson College at||0|
|William Penn University at||17|
|(3) Grand View||25|
|(3) Grand View at||70|
|Saint Ambrose University at||21|
|(8) Saint Ambrose University at||21|
|(3) Grand View||35|
|Grand View at||10|
|Iowa Central Community College||17|