Matt Crowl

Executive Director

Matt Crowl takes on the role of Executive Director for GPS Iowa and Altoona Soccer Club. Matt is no stranger to Altoona soccer, representing the club from age 7, going on to represent Southeast Polk High School before moving on to Wartburg College. Matt became a board member for the club in 2012 and has served as Director of Recreational soccer, Board President and Director of Tournaments. 

Matt currently holds his USSF 'E' Coaching License and is the assistant coach for Southeast Polk High School boys team. 

Matt's experience will be an integral part in the growth and success of this club. His vision is to promote the development of players and continue to help the club to grow to its potential. 

Deb Greif

Director of Soccer Operations & Girls Director

Deb Greif becomes our Director of Soccer of Operations and Director of Girls, beginning June 2020. Deb became a coach for GPS Iowa in the Fall 2019, progressing to become the Adminstrative Assistant for the club in the Spring. Deb has 5 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, assistant coaching at Grand View University and Southwestern College, KS. Her Master of Sport Management and Masters in Business Administration will be an asset to running the day to day operations of the club.

  • Hometown: Hereford, England 
  • College Attended: Grand View University 
  • Degrees Earned: B.A. in Health Promotions. M.A of Sports Management. M.A. in Business Adminsitration
  • Years Coaching: 6
  • Coaching License: USSF 'E' License. NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2 Diploma 

Craig Johnston

Director of Coaching & Boys Director

Craig Johnston takes on the role as Director of Coaching and Director of Boys, beginning June 2020. Craig has served the club since 2015 and played an integral role in the club's progression from AYSA to GPS Iowa/ASC. During his time, Craig has coached boys and girls programs at the club ranging from academy to high school aged players. Prior to his continued term at the club, early coaching experiences included a stint with Challenger Sports and introductory coaching courses in Scotland. Craig is currently pursuing his USSF 'C' License and is eager to take on his new role at the club. Away from the fields, Craig's work with our youth continues in his role as an elementary teacher for Des Moines Public Schools. As he enters his third year teaching, he will teach third grade at Jackson.

  • Hometown: Kilmarnock, Scotland
  • College Attended: Grand View University 
  • Degrees Earned: B.A. in Elementary Education K-6 (Reading Endorsement)
  • Years Coaching: 6
  • Coaching License: USSF 'D' License, SFA 1.1-1.3

Josh Birchmier

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​​​​​​Josh Birchmier has been committed to developing our GPS Iowa boys for the past 5 years and has seen the club transition from AYSA to GPS Iowa. Josh currently holds his USSF 'D' Coaching License and NSCAA Goalkeeping level 1 & 2. Josh has also completed the Iowa High School Coaches license which he puts to good use coacing North Polk High School, after time spent at Indianola High School and Bondurant-Farrer High School. 

Along with coaching club and high school soccer, Josh is also a staff coach and goalkeeper coach at Fuerza Futbol Academy.

  • Coaching License: USSF 'D' License. NSCAA GK Level 2. Iowa High School Coaches. 

Caitlyn Dayton

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Caitlyn Dayton continues her coaching career with GPS Iowa after serving the club in many different roles. Caitlyn played her collegiate soccer for Grand View University, competing for 4 years on the varsity team. She will transition this Fall from Director of Goalkeepers to Head coach for girls. Her experience with the club and knowledge of the game make her a great asset for the club.

  • Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
  • College Attended: Grand View University
  • Degrees Earned: Liberal Arts with a minor in Management 
  • Years Coaching: 2.5
  • Coaching License: NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2 Diploma & Grassroots