Tue, Jul. 3, 2007 - [MCC] - Viewed 1496 times - Post By Molly Brown
Des Moines, Ia. - Grand View College strides forward with plans to launch an intercollegiate football program with the hiring of Mike Woodley as head football coach effective July 2007. Woodley is a familiar name in Iowa coaching circles. He was head football coach at Saint Ambrose University from 1991 to 1993 and assistant coach at Iowa State from 1994-2003.
Woodley has more than 30 years’ coaching experience. Currently the head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, TX, Woodley is a 1974 University of Northern Iowa graduate and four-year football letterman. He was a two-time team captain, a three-time first team all-conference choice and a second team all-American in 1973. He still holds the Panthers' school record for 20 career interceptions. He was a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa from 1975-76. Woodley coached at the high school level in Alamogordo, NM, at East High School in Waterloo (IA), at Osage (IA) High School, at Fort Dodge (IA) High School, and at Valley High School in West Des Moines (IA). He and his wife, Betsy, have four sons, Brian, Matthew, Andy, and Joe. All four of Woodley's sons are coaches as well.
“We are very excited that Mike Woodley has agreed to be the first football coach in the history of Grand View College,” said Troy Plummer, athletic director. “His coaching experience at many different levels, his familiarity with central Iowa, and his recruiting ties across the country make him the perfect fit for the position.”
Grand View will field the team beginning fall 2008. Woodley will spend the 2007/2008 academic year developing the program in preparation for competitive play the following year.
“Anybody who’s been in this business long enough knows that the opportunity to start a program from scratch is very rare,” said Woodley. “There are so many exhilarating things happening on campus with the addition of athletic programs, new student housing, and new buildings. Grand View is headed in the right direction, and I want to be a part of it. The fact that my family lives here, and with all of the special people I have met at Grand View, I feel like I am coming back home. I’m ready to start recruiting and join the ranks of the other successful Grand View athletic programs.”
The Grand View Vikings will belong to the Midwest League of the Mid-states Football Association, whose anticipated teams include Iowa Wesleyan, McKendree, Olivet Nazarene, Quincy, Saint Xavier, Saint Ambrose, Trinity International, Saint Francis (IL), and William Penn.
Woodley holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from UNI and a master’s degree in physical education from Winona State University (MN.) He is a 2003 Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2005 UNI Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.