Twait will coach at Grand View
DES MOINES — For Kyle Twait, the opportunity to return home was one he couldn’t pass up.
After two years in Valley Glen, Calif. working with Los Angeles Valley College, Twait is back in Iowa as the running backs coach at Grand View University.
A former Viking player himself, Twait will work under Mike Woodley with the offense this fall. Grand View posted a 9-3 record last season, advancing to the NAIA Championships.
“I returned to Grand View because it gave me an opportunity to be part of an outstanding program,” Twait said. “I think the world of the Woodley’s and the rest of the staff.”
A two-time all-stater at Manson Northwest Webster, Twait went on to play for his father, now-former head coach and current Iowa Central athletic director Kevin Twait, for two seasons before helping the Vikings win the 2013 NAIA FCS national championship.
He was also the offensive MVP of the 2011 Graphic Edge Bowl, voted NCAA all-region as a quarterback, named a team captain with the Tritons and helped the team win two bowl games.
Following his graduation from Grand View, Twait began coaching at the school in 2014. His first role was as a student coach with an emphasis on working with the linebackers, and he was also the junior varsity defensive coordinator.
In 2016, he returned to Iowa Central to work under his father as an assistant coach in charge of the wide receivers, along with being the junior varsity offensive coordinator.
Twait ventured out to California to become the quarterbacks coach for Los Angeles Valley College for a season before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator.
“Overall, (my time at L.A. Valley) was a great growing experience for a young coach from small-town Iowa,” Twait said. “As a whole, there was a lot of talent, but not as much discipline as I was used to.”
In addition to coaching the running backs at Grand View, Twait will also be helping to install a new offense, game plan weekly and recruit both Iowa and California for future Viking prospects.
“Grand View has always recruited high-character players that are a pleasure to coach,” Twait said. “Football is football, but coaching it in California was different than my experiences in Iowa.”
Grand View opens the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. They play their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Central Methodist.
2006-09: Manson Northwest Webster
2010-11: Iowa Central
2012-13: Grand View
2014-16: Grand View (student coach)
2016-17: Iowa Central (assistant coach/wide receivers)
2017-18: Los Angeles Valley College (assistant coach/co-offensive coordinator)
2018-present: Grand View (offensive assistant/running backs)