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Tina Carter
Women's Volleyball Head Coach - 11th Season

Tina Carter begins her eleventh season as head coach of the Viking volleyball program, amassing a record of 291-124 (.701). In the ten years under Carter’s direction the Vikings have become one of the top volleyball programs in the NAIA.

Grand View won the Heart of America regular season and conference tournament titles in 2016 and 2017, the MCC regular season titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and the MCC tournament title in 2011 and 2013. The Vikings have made national tournament appearances in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Carter was voted the Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2017, MCC Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2013 and the AVCA Midwest Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2017.

In 2017 the Vikings made their program’s sixth trip to the national tournament where they made it out of pool play and eventually lost a heartbreaker match to end their season. Grand View ended the season with a #10 national ranking after being ranked in the NAIA Top 25 all season. In 2013 Grand View made a history-making run at the NAIA Championships where the team upset four higher-ranked programs and qualified for the Elite 8.

The 2017 season also brought many accolades: seven all-conference players (Luneckas, Twit, Wenzel, Miller, Larkin, Redmond and Rittman), one all-Region player (Twit) and seven Academic All-Americans.

To date the Vikings have had 4 players receive All-Americans honors:

Devon Jensen – 2009 (HM), 2010 (3rd Team), 2011 (1st Team), 2012 (2nd Team)

Kadie Subbert – 2011 (2nd Team), 2012 (HM)

Taylor Wells – 2014 (HM), 2015 (2nd Team), 2016 (3rd Team)

Courtney Twit – 2016 (HM)

Carter is actively involved in the Iowa Region of USA Volleyball as a board member and as a member of the Iowa High Performance program/staff. From 2008-12 and 2014-present Carter has served as a coach for the HP program and has won silver medals with the 2008 Iowa Region Select Team, 2012 Iowa Region Youth International Team and 2014 Iowa Region Youth International Team. From 2012-1016 Carter served as an assistant coach for the Iowa Ice professional team that was a part of the Professional Volleyball League (PVL). The Iowa Ice teams established themselves as one of the best teams in the PVL with an impressive list of finishes – 2012 (Silver), 2013 (Gold), 2014 (Bronze), 2015 (Silver), 2016 (Silver).

Carter came to Grand View after serving as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Iowa State University from 2005-2007 and the Assistant Coach at Drake University from 2003-2005. She currently coaches club for Central Iowa Select (CIS).

Carter played her collegiate career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She played on the first ever SMU team and her senior year served as a team captain as well as receiving academic all-WAC accolades. Carter graduated from SMU in 1998 with a degree in Psychology and completed her Master of Education degree in Sports Management from Iowa State University in 2001.

Carter resides in Winterset with her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Lauren.

Donan Cruz
Men's Volleyball Head Coach - 7th Season

Donan Cruz enters his seventh season as head coach for the Vikings. Grand View begins the 2018 season as defending National Champions. The Vikings are a top five nationally-ranked program for the fifth straight season.

In January of 2011, Coach Cruz was hired to lead the Vikings and quickly transformed Grand View into one of the top men's volleyball programs in the nation. Cruz, the 2014 and 2015 AVCA NAIA Men's Volleyball National Coach of the Year has guided the Vikings to the NAIA National Invitational Championship match in 2016 and two Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015. Grand View won the NAIA North Division title in 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship. He has coached multiple All-Americans (Nikola Vukicevic 2012, 2014; Pedro Cardoso 2014, 2015, 2016; Felipe Rosa 2016) and All-Conference performers and one NAIA National Player of the Yea, Pedro Cardoso, in 2014. In 2015, Grand View earned the program's first No. 1 national ranking. Grand View has the most No. 1-rankings with 11. Missouri Baptist and Park (Mo.) are the only other teams with a No. 1-rank each with three. Cruz coached three first-team All-Americans last season (Tim Johnson, Felix Chapman, and John Chamone) two of which will be returning for the 2019 season (Chapman and Chamone).

Cruz has also served as the assistant volleyball coach for the Viking women's team for the past eight seasons. During this time, in the NAIA, winning multiple conference titles and multiple National Tournament appearances.

Prior to moving to Iowa from his home state of Hawai'i, Cruz spent a year as the head boys' varsity coach at University of Hawaii Lab School while he was working at Chaminade University of Honolulu as a student advisor.

Coach Cruz is a member of the USA Volleyball community. Most recently, he served as Associate Head Coach for USA Volleyball A3 Camp in Vernon Hills, Illinois. He was also involved in the 2014 and 2015 High-Performance Championships in Tulsa and Des Moines. Following the High-Performance Championships in 2015, Cruz served as a training coach for the USA Boys Youth National Team in preparation for the U19 World Championships in Argentina. This is the second time Cruz served as a training coach with the national team pipeline as he assisted as an apprentice coach with the USA Women's Junior National team in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, Cruz served as an Assistant Coach for the Boys Select A1 program in Ft. Lauderdale and Des Moines. In 2011, Cruz coached the first Iowa Region boy's team at the HP Championships in Tucson, Arizona.

Cruz played his college career at Graceland University where he was an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Yellowjackets. He was the team captain his junior and senior seasons. Graceland is also where Cruz got his collegiate coaching start under Stew McDole. Cruz spent two seasons as an intern student coach with the lady Yellowjackets and spent his last year as an intern recruiting coordinator at GU. Cruz graduated from Graceland in 2006 with a degree in Marketing Communications. He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Anna, and their sons, Nixon and Nevon.