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 COACHING STAFF

Derek Fulton |  Assistant Coach

Derek Fulton joins the coaching staff at Grand View for his second season. Fulton was a four-year starting quarterback for Grand View from 2012-15 and went 41-6 during his time as a Viking. Fulton helped lead the Vikings to their first-ever NAIA National Championship in 2013 and was named NAIA National Championship Offensive Player of the game. Fulton also earned Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 as well as 2014 AFCA NAIA All-American.

After completing his undergraduate degree in sport management at Grand View University, Fulton spent the spring of 2016 as a student assistant running back coach for the Vikings.

He then spent two years as the graduate assistant quarterback and inside receiver coach for Missouri Western University while earning his master of applied science in sport and fitness management degree.

 

Adam Dutcher |  Assistant Coach

Adam Dutcher joins the coaching staff at Grand View for his first season to serve as the Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator.

Dutcher was a two-time All-Conference Offensive Lineman and Team Captain for Grand View from 2009-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a Student Assistant Linebackers Coach for the Vikings. That season, the Vikings won their first MSFA Midwest Conference Championship and earned the programs first ever NAIA playoff berth.

Prior to joining the Grand View staff, Dutcher has spent the previous 4 seasons at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level winning 4 straight Graphic Edge Bowl Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). Most recently, Dutcher was the Associate Head Football Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, Offensive Line Coach, and Run Game Coordinator at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA. He spent the previous three seasons (2015-2017) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach, and Run Game Coordinator at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA.

Under Dutcher’s tutelage at the NJCAA level, he had three NJCAA All-American Offensive Lineman: Myron Cunningham (1st), David Goldsby (2nd), and Rob Castaneda (HM) with 14 Offensive Lineman earning ICCAC All-Conference recognition.

Prior to ECC, Dutcher spent three seasons (2012-2014) as the Offensive Line Coach, Run Game Coordinator, and Recruiting Coordinator at McPherson College in McPherson, KS. 12 Offensive Lineman earned All-Conference recognition under Dutcher’s direction in that time.

 

E.J. Peterson  |  Assistant Coach

E.J. Peterson enters his second year coaching with the Vikings. Peterson comes from Monroe, Iowa, and joined the McPherson College football coaching staff in 2012 as the linebackers coach. He also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014.

Peterson played linebacker, defensive end and special teams for the Iowa Barnstormers, an arena football team in the Arena Football League located in Des Moines, Iowa.

Peterson graduated from Grand View University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Health Promotion: Fitness Management. He played for the Vikings in 2009-2010 and was named first-team all-conference both years. Peterson was also named a First-Team NAIA All-American in 2010.

Prior to Grand View, Peterson attended Iowa Central Community College from 2007-2009 earning an Associate of Arts degree and playing football.

 

Tyler Martin  |  Assistant Coach

Tyler Martin begins his seventh year with Grand View, coaching the safeties and serving as the Special Teams Coordinator.

Prior to Grand View, Martin served as the secondary coach and special team’s coordinator for Dodge City Community College. Before his coaching stint with Dodge City, Martin was an 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 was a dual-sport athlete at Northwest Missouri State playing football and running track. As a Bearcat, he 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 Changing Places in Urbandale. They reside near Granger with their children, Maddie, Case, and Will.

 

Sean Johnson  |  Assistant Coach

Sean Johnson begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the offensive line. Johnson was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Des Moines Lincoln High School for three years prior to joining the Grand View staff.

He was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Scottsdale Community College in 1987-1988. He continued his playing career at Southwest Missouri State University (Missouri State University) where he was a two-year letter winner and was a part of back-to-back Gateway Conference Championship teams in 1989 and 1990. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Johnson is the president of operations for Associated Computer Systems in Des Moines. He resides in Ankeny with his wife, Stephanie, and has two children, a son, Bryce a sophomore in college, and a daughter, Bailey, who is a sergeant in the United States Air Force.

 

Tom Barnabo  |  Assistant Coach

Twelfth-year defensive line coach Tom Barnabo is the physical education teacher at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, a position he has had since 1996. At Dowling, Barnabo also 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 1982-1987 and then served as a graduate assistant football coach at Montana State University from 1987-1989. He was the defensive coordinator at Lake Worth High School (Fla.) in 1989-1990 before going to Simpson College where he served as the linebackers coach for the Storm in 1990-1992. 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 1992-1996.

Barnabo resides in West Des Moines with his wife, Susan. He has two sons, Dalton and Cole.

 

O.J. Sinclair  |  Assistant Coach

O.J. Sinclair enters his fourth year on the Grand View staff, returning after a two-year stint as the Athletic Director at North High School. He will be responsible for coaching the cornerbacks. Before coming to Grand View he spent 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 leads the NSIC in scoring defense, interceptions, turnovers, and turnover margin.

He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University and is employed as Manager of District Programs at Des Moines Public Schools. He resides in Johnson with his wife, Onica, and daughter, Grace.

 

Andy Woodley  |  Assistant Coach

Andy Woodley enters his first year as an assistant coach and will serve as the Running Backs Coach. Woodley comes to Grand View after coaching stops at many different levels in both basketball and football. His basketball stops included Sam Rayburn HS (Texas), Iowa City High School, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), Grand View University, Waukee High School, and the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League. Woodley was the assistant football coach former Grand View head coach Mike Woodley at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas.

Woodley was an all-state performer in both football and basketball at West Des Moines Valley High School. Woodley signed with the University of Northern Iowa Football program out of high school before switching to play basketball at UNI. A three-year starter in the University of Northern Iowa basketball program from 1998-2002, Woodley led the Missouri Valley Conference in steals and assists and ranked sixth nationally in steals per game as a junior. He graduated from UNI in 2002 with a degree in General Studies/Physical Education.

Woodley comes from a family of coaches. His dad is the former head football coach at Grand View University and former assistant coach at Iowa State University. His brother Matt is an assistant basketball coach at Drake University. Brother Brian is the head football coach at Johnston High School and youngest brother, Joe, is the Head Football coach for the Grand View University football team.

Andy and his wife, Casee, have four children, Drew (18), Alyx (11), Ryah (9), and Jett (5).

 

Titus Bland |  Assistant Coach

Titus Bland returns to Grand View as a fifth-year cornerback assistant coach.

Bland, a native of Baytown, Texas, began his college career playing football at Iowa Central Community College. In 2008, he transferred to Grand View and was a part of the Viking’s inaugural football season. Bland was named 2009-10 NAIA and AFCA All-American; 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 he was 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 |  Assistant Coach

Andy Jepson, former quarterback coach, begins his twelfth year coaching at Grand View. Through the first eight years of the program, the Viking quarterbacks threw over 20,000 yards and166 touchdowns.

Jepson coached former Viking QB Derek Fulton who was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-American performer while also being named Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice. He also helped develop Viking QB Jordan Knock who was named the 2016 and 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference North Offensive Player of the Year.

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 graduated from Cal Poly State in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He has worked for Wells Fargo for sixteen years.

He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Krista, son, Jack, and daughter, Willow.

 

Mike O'Brein  |  Assistant Coach

Mike O’Brien enters his first season with the Grand View Vikings as the kickers and punters coach.

Prior to Grand View, O’Brien was the special team's coordinator at Alden Hebron High School in Hebron, IL from 2013-2015 and in 2018, coached kicking and punting at Aurora University of Illinois in 2016, and was the kicking consultant at Palatine High School, IL in 2017.

As a player, O’Brien was a two-year starting kicker at McHenry High School and went on to Northwestern College in Orange City to become a three-year starting kicker in 2008, 2011, and 2012. O’Brien was also a part of semi-pro football teams as a kicker and punter for Lake Country Venom, Illinois Cowboys, and Midway Mauraders.

Coach O’Brien is currently a school social worker for the Heartland AEA and lives in West Des Moines.

 

Matt Carlson |  Assistant Coach

Matt Carlson begins his second year with the Vikings. Prior to Grand View, he served as the linebackers coach at East High School for three years, the defensive coordinator for two years at Lincoln High School, one year at Red Oak High School as defensive coordinator and two years at Wilber Clatonia High School as the special team's coordinator/linebackers/running backs coach.

He graduated from Peru State College in 2007 where he was a four-year member of the football program. Following graduation, he served as a graduate assistant for one spring as the defensive line coach.

Carlson is in his fourth year as a physical education teacher at Central Campus High School in Des Moines. This is his seventh year teaching physical education in the greater Des Moines community.

 

Jon Pilcher  |  Assistant Coach

Jon Pilcher enters his twelfth year as offensive line coach for Grand View. He has coached
two AFCA All-Americans, a Remington Award Winner (best Center in NAIA) and 17 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 has 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.