The newly-formed Mount Marty College football program has its first coach.
Mike Woodley, who started the program at Grand View (Iowa) University 11 years ago, will take the helm of the Lancer football program. He begins in the position on Aug. 1.
At Grand View, he built a program that won seven straight conference titles and won the 2013 NAIA national championship with a 14-0 record. His teams posted an 93-35 record, earning six post-season appearances.
Woodley was the 2013 AFCA NAIA National Coach of the Year, and is a four-time MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year. He was also the Heart of America Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
“We are excited Coach Woodley has decided to become our first head coach,” said MMC Athletic Director Chris Kassin. “It was not too long ago he had a vision of what Grand View football could become. A national championship and multiple conference championships later, that vision has been realized.”
Kassin said that Woodley brought the same energy that built the Grand View program to the interview process.
“In our discussions, I hear the same kind of vision of what Mount Marty football can become,” Kassin said. “We look forward to watching his blueprint in action.”
Prior to coaching at Grand View, Coach Woodley spent four years as the athletic director and head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Houston, Texas. He was a nine-year assistant coach at Iowa State University, head coach at St. Ambrose University, Osage High School, Fort Dodge High School, and West Des Moines Valley High School, an assistant coach at Waterloo East High School, and a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa.
Woodley is a Hall of Fame inductee for the Iowa High School Football Coaches’ Association, the University of Northern Iowa, and Waterloo East High School. He won Coach of the Year honors at every school he has coached at and was the NAIA District 15 Coach of the Year while at St. Ambrose following the team’s victory over IAA power Western Illinois.
Woodley — who played football collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa — holds a bachelor’s degree from UNI, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.
On Tuesday, Woodley officially handed the reins of the Grand View program over to his son Joe, who had been associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
“The Grand View Athletic Department is grateful for all the time and effort Mike Woodley has put into this Football Program,” Grand View Athletic Director Troy Plummer said of the elder Woodley. “He has established Grand View football as one of the top NAIA programs in the country. We very much appreciate all that he has done for Grand View University and wish him nothing but the best going forward.”
Look for more on this story in Thursday’s edition of the Press & Dakotan.