2012 Softball Coaches
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Lou A. Yacinich
Head Coach - 10th Season
Coach Yacinich begins his ninth season as the softball coach at Grand View University. Yacinich led the Vikings to their first national tournament appearance in 2006. He is an alumnus of Grand View and played baseball from 1981-1985.

Yacinich's coaching experiences include serving as head softball coach at Urbandale High School in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, the team advanced to the State Tournament in which it placed sixth. Yacinich Jr. also served as an assistant at Valley High School in 1997and 1998. He was also the co-head softball coach at Waukee High School and led the team a second place finish in the 2009 state tournament. Other accomplishments include his induction into the Iowa Amateur Softball Association Men's Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2000 after playing in the major-open level from 1986-1996.
 
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Destiny Willer
Assistant Coach

Coach Willer is in her second season with the Grand View softball program, but is no stranger to Viking Athletics. Willer was an All-Conference and All-Region infielder for Grand View as well as an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete from 2006-07. Willer transferred to Grand View from Kirkwood Community College in 2004 where she was a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region-First Team and NJCAA Academic All-Region Second Team infielder. After graduating from Grand View, Willer was an assistant softball coach at the University of Northern Iowa (2007-08) and an assistant coach at Linn-Mar High School (2007-2009).

Willer earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health in 2009 from the University of Northern Iowa and is now working as a physical education teacher at East High School in Des Moines and is also the assistant softball coach at Johnston High School.

 
Todd Merical
Assistant Coach
 
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Alicia Spears
Assistant Coach
Alicia Spears enters her first season as pitching coach at Grand View. She comes to Grand View from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, where she was the pitching coach for the Jets. While at Newman, she helped lead the Jets to its first conference tournament appearance and double their team wins. . She also helped produce Newman's first all-conference players. 

Prior to Newman University, Coach Spears was at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas, where she served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-2009. While at Fort Scott, she helped produce five all-conference players. Coach Spears also was the pitching coach at Northeast Texas Community College and Paris Junior College in Texas before moving to Kansas.

Coach Spears is originally from Mt. Vernon, Texas, where she was a four-year starter for Mt. Vernon High School and Coach Donnie Surratt, who is the winningest softball coach in Texas Class 3A history. Spears went on to play softball at Northeast Texas Community College where she was Second Team All-Conference pitcher her sophomore year in 2005. At NTCC, she led the Eagles to their first conference tournament appearance. Spears then transferred to Southern Arkansas University and helped lead the Muleriders to their tenth conference tournament appearance before suffering a career-ending knee injury.

Coach Spears graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelors of Science degree in History. She is married to Gerrett Spears, who is the Coordinator of Basketball Operations for the Drake women's basketball team.

 
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Jenna Lee
Manager
 
 
Softball
Overall MCC Streak
31-30 (.508) 16-8 (.667) Lost 2