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Joe Woodley enters his twelfth year with the Vikings and serves his first year as the head coach. Prior to head coach, he was the offensive and defensive coordinator. 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.

As offensive coordinator, Joe had a successful 2018 season: the Vikings were top 25 in the nation in Points Per Game (34.8/24th), Rushing Yards Per Game (221.6/15th) and Yards Per Game (424/18th).

During the program’s last eight seasons, the Viking defense has been among the top defenses in the country in points allowed: 2017 – 20.8 (12th), 2016 – 19.1 (9th), 2015 – 13.9 (1st), 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 seven AFCA All-Americans six conference Players of the Year and over 60 All-Conference selections. Woodley has done instructional and schematic videos for Championship Productions and has 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.

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 and Houston. He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Jen, and daughters, Anna (9), Elly (7) and Emma (5).