Alicia (Runge) Williams completed her fourth season as head coach at Iowa Western. Her overall record with the Reivers in 4 completed seasons is 168-20. 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.
In 2016, the Reivers went 37-5 and placed 2nd at the National Tournament, losing to Miami Dade. This was the second best place in Iowa Western program history, aside from the lone National Championship, which Alicia was a part of as a student athlete. The Reivers tallied up 3 All-Region players and 1 First Team All-American. Alicia picked up her fourth consecutive District Coach fo the Year Award.
In (2015), her team went 42-8 with a 5th place finish at the National Tournament. The Reivers were ranked as high as second during the season, and they had 4 All-Region players, and two All-Americans. In Alicia's 2014 season, the Reivers broke the 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 in addition to the 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 her first 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 addition to her efforts on the court, she also excelled in the classroom as a NJCAA Academic All American and Presidential Scholar. In 2008, Alicia transferred to Creighton University, where she redshirted her first season, and then competed in 2009-10. She was third on the team in kills her 2009 season, and finished her career as a captain, leading the team in kills and points. She was a member of the first team at Creighton University to make the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Iowa State in the first round before losing to Minnesota.
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 two boys, Sam and Levi.
Dayana Acevedo will be joining the Reiver Coaching Staff as a first year coach. Although this is Dayana's first season coaching at Iowa Western, she is no native to the institution. Dayana attended Iowa Western in 2011-2013, where she played for Darrin McBroom and Alicia Williams in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Dayana was a two time First Team All-American Libero at Iowa Western and led her team to 5th and 4th place finishes respectfully. The Reivers went 90-12 with Acevedo taking control in the back court. She also excelled in the classroom as an Academic All-Region student as well. Dayana still holds third place all time in the record books for total career digs (1,418) and single season digs (801) After graduating Iowa Western with an AA degree in General Studies, she went on to play for the University of Texas El Paso. She was a two year starter for the Miners, which competed in the Conference USA conference.
Coach Williams will look for Acevedo to help lead the defensive systems with her experience and knowledge. Dayana Graduated from UTEP with a degree in Psychology and resides in Council Bluffs, IA.
Lance Glunz will be entering his third season helping the Reivers. In his first two seasons, Lance primarily helped coach the middle blockers, and also was the lead statistician during games. Other duties involved camera set up, team travel arrangements, and being a practice player.
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 Bellevue, NE.
Dennis South is entering his first season with the Reivers. Dennis served as the head Volleyball coach for Lewis Central High School for 14 seasons, before retiring from coaching varsity high school ball last fall. While a head coach, South accumulated 420 wins with only 257 losses.
Dennis is also the Director of Top Ten. He also will be coaching, performing duties as a regional referee and handling many of the administrative duties. Dennis is Cap 1 certified and a USAV regional rated official as well.
In addition to his coaching career, Coach South was a certified High School official in California, Nebraska, and Iowa. Dennis also officiated at the college level in California. As a player Dennis played High School volleyball at Lawndale High school and in college at Pacific Christian College and Cal State Fullerton. Dennis has played setter on many club teams in Southern California and has played in many beach tournaments in the late 70's and early 80's.
Dennis is now the proud Grandfather to 8 grandchildren.