Alicia (Runge) Williams will be entering her third season as head coach at Iowa Western. Alicia was the assistant at Iowa Western for 2 seasons before moving into the head coaching role in the spring of 2013. She also was an athlete for the Iowa Western volleyball team during the 2006 and 2007 seasons where she was a member of the 2006 National Championship team.
This past season, the Reivers broke yet another record with fewest losses in a season (2). The Reivers were ranked 1st in the Nation for the majority of season and had the number one overall seed in the tournament under Williams. The team finished 5th place overall with a 45-2 record. Williams had 4 All-Region players and two first Team All-Americans. Alicia earned AVCA Regional Coach of the year and NJCAA District D Coach of the year awards.
In Alicia's first season at Iowa Western, she led her team to a 44-5 record, and a 7th place finish at the National Tournament. Her team tied the record for the longest winning streak in Reiver Volleyball history with 33 straight wins. She had 4 All-Region Players, and two first team All-Americans. Williams earned District D Coach of the year.
As a player at Iowa Western in 2006, Alicia helped the Reiver’s capture their first ever national title and contributed the most wins in a season for the Iowa Western volleyball squad at 60-4. In 2007, she returned to help the Reivers make a second, back to back national tournament appearance where they placed 7th overall. In addition to her efforts on the court, she also excelled in the classroom as a NJCAA Academic All American. She graduated from Iowa Western with a 3.89 GPA and was a member of the Presidential Scholars.
In 2008, she transferred to Creighton University to finish her career at the Division I level. She was a redshirt in 2008, before earning a role in 2009, where Alicia was third on her team in total kills, and also had the most kills by a CU player in their debut appearance since 1995. Off the court, she earned academic awards as well, including honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, the Dean’s List, and Honor Roll awards.
The 2010 season was Alicia’s final collegiate year, where she led her team in kills per set, and total season kills (463). She was a Second Team All-Conference selection, an All-Tournament Team selection in 4 straight tournaments, and was the Co-Captain of Creighton University’s first ever post-season appearance in Women’s Volleyball. She continued to excel in the classroom, earning a spot on the First Team Scholar-Athlete Team, the Dean’s List, and the Honor Roll.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications , with an emphasis in Public Relations and Organization and graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude.
Alicia is a native of Swea City, Iowa. She resides in Omaha, NE with her husband, Aaron and son, Sam.
Ben is beginning his first season with the Reivers after serving as an assistant at the University of Arkansas last season. In addition to his tenure at Arkansas, Coach Boldt also served as an assistant at the University of Iowa, the University of Alabama and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his 13 seasons of coaching, Boldt has been part of 7 NCAA Tournament appearances, 3 National Semifinal appearances and a National Title with the 2006 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Coach Boldt also has previous ties to the USA National Team program as a coach with the Youth National Team in 2005-06 and National A2 team in 2004. He also has extensive experience with club programs, including the Iowa Rockets, Challenger Volleyball and Nebraska Juniors.
Ben received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. He and his wife Angie both served as assistants during their time at the University of Iowa and the University of Arkansas.
Lance Glunz joins the Reiver volleyball staff in his first year of coaching. His volleyball experience began with the Creighton University men’s club team, playing as a middle blocker for the 2011-2013 seasons. Lance has continued to play in leagues and tournaments throughout the Omaha area. He is also present on Iowa Western’s campus as a staff member in the Residence Life department.
Lance is a native of Grant, Nebraska. He spent his undergraduate years at Creighton University, studying biology and music. He currently resides in Omaha, NE.