Head coach Mike Woodley begins his eighth season at the helm of the Vikings. Woodley is the founder of Grand View football and in just seven seasons, has built one the top programs in the NAIA. While at Grand View, Woodley has accumulated a record of 56-24 while leading the Vikings to three playoff appearances, four consecutive conference titles, and the 2013 NAIA National Football Championship. 2013 was a special year for the Vikings. Woodley’s team went 14-0 overall, won the NAIA National Championship, finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation and Woodley was named the AFCA NAIA National Football Coach of the Year. He was voted the MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to Grand View, Coach Woodley spent four years as the athletic director and head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Houston, Texas. He was a nine-year assistant coach at Iowa State University, head coach at St. Ambrose University, Osage High School, Fort Dodge High School, and West Des Moines Valley High School, assistant coach at Waterloo East High School, and a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa.
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 at Waterloo East High School. He won Coach of the Year honors at every school he has coached at and was the NAIA District 15 Coach of the Year while at St. Ambrose following the team’s 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 associate head coach and defensive coordinator; Matt is and assistant coach with the Iowa Energy, and Andy is assistant men’s basketball coach at Grand View.
Coach Woodley resides in Des Moines with his wife, Betsy.
Joe Woodley enters his eighth year with the Vikings and serves as the assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator, and linebacker coach. Woodley has been instrumental in the Vikings’ success since the program’s inception in 2008. In 2013, Grand View finished 6-0 in the MSFA Midwest, 14-0 overall and won the NAIA National Football Championship.
During the program’s last 5 seasons, the Viking defense has been among the top defenses in the country in points allowed 2014-17.6 (6th) 2013-15.4 (2nd) 2012-16.1 (7th) 2011-16.2 (11th) 2010-14.7 (4th). The 2013 Football Scoop Coordinator of the Year and 2009 MSFA Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year has coached 4 AFCA All Americans 2 Conference Players of the Year and over 30 All Conference selections. Woodley has done instructional and schematic videos for Championship Productions and he has also been published in AFCA Monthly.
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 Quarterbacks coach at Iowa State.
A Clive, 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, Dallas, TX, and Kansas City. He resides in Grimes with his wife, Jen, and daughters, Anna (6), Elly (4) and Emma (2).
Austin Flynn enters his fourth season with Grand View and has served as the team's Offensive Coordinator the past two seasons. 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, Janna, have a son, Ethan and a daughter, Evie.
Travis Johansen is in his third season at Grand View and serves as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach for the Vikings. In two seasons at Grand View, the defense has ranked nationally in a number of categories. In both 2013 and 2014 , the GV defense ranked sixth in pass defense efficiency (2013/99.1 yards, 2014/84.8 yards), had the second most interceptions in the NAIA (40), and tallied ten All–MSFA Selections.
Prior to Grand View, Johansen spent six years on staff at NCAA II Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.) as the defensive coordinator, secondary coach, special teams coordinator and was responsible for the oversight of the team’s academics.
At Concordia, Johansen was part of the only two conference championship teams and the only two post season berths in school history. He coached 15+ all-conference selections, the first AFCA All-American in school history, the first conference newcomer of the year, and five national players of the week. The 2010 season marked a successful campaign for the defense and specifically the secondary. The pass defense was 14th in the nation, averaging 156.4 yards allowed per game, while the coverage was solid enough to help the defensive front tally 39.0 sacks, 12th most in Division II. The defense also held opponents to 18.1 points per game, ranking 20th in the nation, while the total defense (311.3 ypg, 34th) and tackles for loss (7.6 tfl pg, 33rd) were also national players. These categories were improved in 2011 where the Golden Bear defense led the Northern Sun in sacks (2.1 per game) and tackles for loss (8.6 pg) ranking 15th in the country.
Johansen recruited the first ever NFL Draft selection (Zach Moore-New England Patriots / 6th- 198 pick overall) in the history of Concordia-St. Paul, as well as Cincinnati Bengals kicker Tom Obarski.
In his playing career, Johansen was a four-year starter at Concordia-St. Paul with a 33-13 career record and 24-7 career record in NSIC conference play. The 2005 captain and Fist Tea All-NSIC selection finished his career with 221 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks.
Johansen completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and sport management at Concordia in 2007. He resides in Ankeny with his wife, Natalie.
Tyler Andersen begins his fifth 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.
Seventh-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.
Titus Bland returns to the Grand View Vikings as a first year cornerback assistant coach. Originally from Baytown, TX,
Bland began his college career playing football at Iowa Central Community College. In 2008, he transferred to Grand View to be a part of the Vikings inaugural football season. Bland was named 2009-2010 NAIA and AFCA All American, making him the first to receive this award in Viking football history.
After Bland's final season with the Vikings, he continued to play semi-professional football in the Midwest Football Alliance league. During his semi-professional career, Bland received various awards for special teams and defense, most recently being selected for the 2015 All-Star game.
Bland graduated from Grand View University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in human services and a minor in psychology.
Andy Jepson begins his eighth year coaching the quarterbacks. Through the first seven years of the program, the Viking quarterbacks have thrown for 14837 yards and 132 touchdowns. Current Viking QB Derek Fulton was a 2nd Team All-American following the 2014 season and has become the all-time Grand View leader in career passing yards (7611) and career touchdown passes (69) through three years in the program.
Jepson was a two-year starting quarterback for Iowa Central Community College earning All-Region and Academic All-American recognition following the 1997 season. In 2014 Jepson was inducted into the Iowa Central Athletics Hall of Fame. He continued his playing career at Cal Poly 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 fourteen years. He graduated from Cal Poly State in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Krista, son, Jack, and daughter, Willow.
Opdahl is in his 4th 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 Sales Representative for Signarama In Altoona.
Opdahl resides in Waukee with his wife Lydia.
Tyler Martin begins his third 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 Urbandale. They reside in Johnston with their daughter, Maddie and son, Case.
Jon Pilcher enters his eight year offensive line coach for Grand View. He has coached two AFCA All-Americans, a Remington Award Winner (best Center in NAIA), and 14 All-Conference players.
Prior to Grand View, Pilcher was the 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 his school administration endorsement from Viterbo University.
Pilcher resides in Ankeny with his wife, Michelle, and three children, Grayden, Maya and Brock.
Coach Zuck is entering his eighth year at Grand View. He will begin his first season as the tight ends coach after seven years of coaching the running backs. As the running backs coach, Zuck oversaw three First-Team selections and two Second-Team selections since the program began. As a group, his running backs accounted for over 10,500 yards and 120 touchdowns through the first seven years.
Zuck began his coaching career as an assistant at Wapsie Valley High School, Fairbank, under the tutelage of head coach Tony Foster. 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 as an assistant football coach, assistant middle school baseball coach, and head middle school 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 under head coach Jerry Southmayd. He won championships both as a player and a coach while at Wapsie Valley High School.
Zuck played collegiately at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. He was a two-way starter as the kicker and punter for the Peacocks' Special Teams.
Zuck holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He currently is the Director of Wellness at Scottish Rite Park, Inc. in Des Moines.
Zuck resides in Ankeny with his wife Malynda, daughters Kyra (7) & Lyndee (5), and sons Ryder (2) & Maddyx (born July 2015).
|11-1 (.917)||5-0 (1.000)||Won 11|
|(13)Lindsey Wilson at||13|
|NAIA FCS First Round|
|(3)Grand View at||26|
|(19)William Penn University||14|
|(4)Grand View at||10|
|Culver-Stockton College at||7|
|Peru State College at||3|
|(5)Grand View at||19|
|(9)Grand View at||36|
|(RV)MidAmerica Nazarene University||31|
|(22)Missouri Valley College at||14|
|(10)Grand View at||77|
|Evangel University at||21|
|(6)Marian University at||12:00 pm|
|NAIA FCS Quarterfinals|