Head coach Michael Voss enters his 12th season at Grace as the program’s all-time winningest coach. Since accepting the job in 2007, Voss has aggressively recruited women who not only compete at a high level on the field, but who also have a passion for bringing glory to God.
Voss’s trademarked soccer style of “possession-attacking futbol” has resulted in a complete revamp of Grace's women's soccer team. The Lady Lancers have been ranked as high as No. 7 in the NAIA and qualified for NAIA Nationals for the first time in team history. Under Voss's leadership, Grace advanced to six consecutive national tournaments.
Grace won its first NAIA tournament game (2-1) over Park and ended the 2015 season with a 15-3-3 record. During the 2015 season, Grace went undefeated in nonconference play, defeating the No. 2, No. 11 and No. 16-ranked teams in the process.
From 2009-14, the Lady Lancers made five trips to the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. The 2014 season saw Grace reach the NCCAA National Championship match. The Lady Lancers also earned their first NAIA Top 25 ranking in 2014 and ended the year at No. 18.
Voss holds the top six single-season marks in Grace’s program history, leading the Lady Lancers to a 14-6-3 record in 2009, 14-7-3 record in 2011, 17-5-3 record in 2012, 13-7-2 record in 2013, 17-5-3 record in 2014 and 15-3-3 mark in 2015. Voss’s successful recruiting has been on display as the team earned both the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year awards from 2013-15. In 2012 a pair of Lady Lancer freshmen (Mallory Rondeau, Carianne Sobey) earned First Team NCCAA All-American honors. Rondeau was named the NCCAA National Player of the Year in 2014, Abby Schue was named NAIA First Team All-American, and Meredith Hollar was given the prestigious NCCAA Game Plan 4 Life award. Overall, he has coached 35 All-Americans since 2009.
Additionally, the Lady Lancers under Voss have consistently been graded as one of the smartest teams in the nation. Over the past five years, Grace’s team GPA has never been lower than 3.60. The Lady Lancers’ team GPA ranked first across all NAIA women’s soccer programs in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 and was second in the NAIA in 2010 and 2014. Individually, the Lady Lancers have produced 58 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans since 2011.
Voss’s desire to disciple the women of Grace’s soccer team is clearly seen in his organizing missions trips for the Lady Lancers. In both the spring of 2014 and 2016, Voss led his team to minister in Nicaragua through the sport of soccer. The team has also traveled to the Cayman Islands and to Peru.
In March 2012, Voss was named an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team of Haiti. His three-year commitment included identification, training and development of Haiti’s Women’s National Team, U-20, U-17 and U-14 WNT. Voss continued in his role as Grace’s full-time head coach in addition to assisting Haiti’s WNT.
Prior to coming to Grace, Voss and his family worked as missionaries to the southern jungle of Belize, Central America. He coached the Toledo United Professional Futbol Club, fighting for a CONCACAF Champions Cup bid.
Voss also worked at the Calvary Chapel Christian Schools in Murrieta, Calif.; from 1996-2005 he was the athletic director, the director of soccer and the head girls’ soccer coach. Voss started the soccer program and compiled a record of 102-51-17.
Voss, who has earned six Coach of the Year honors, attended Santa Clara (Calif.) University from 1991-93 and was a member of the soccer team that finished 20-1-2 and was NCAA Div. I National Finalist in 1991. He would complete his undergraduate work at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University in 1996 studying religion with an emphasis in Biblical studies and Greek.
He is licensed with a USSF “C” and an NSCAA “Advanced National Diploma.” He is also a “Certified Athletic Administrator” from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Michael and his wife Summer live in Winona Lake, Ind. They have three boys (Justus, Cole, Landan) and a daughter (Kaina).
Jon Hoover was promoted to the lead assistant of the women's soccer team in 2009. Hoover graduated from Grace in December 2001 with a degree in physical education and health.
In 2017, Hoover was also given the reins of the Warsaw Community High School girls' soccer program, where he will coach the Tigers in addition to working with the Lady Lancers.
He then went on to complete his masters degree in 2011 from Ball State University with a major in physical education and coaching. He is currently employed at Edgewood Middle School, where he teaches physical education and health.
As a student-athlete, Hoover was heavily involved in athletics at Grace. He played goalkeeper for the Lancers from 1997-2000, where he was a three-time captain, three-time Second Team All-Conference performer, and an Second Team NCCAA All-American. He also participated in track and field at Grace, where at one point he held records in the indoor 55m, high jump, outdoor 4x100 relay and javelin.
After graduating from Grace, Hoover joined the coaching staff on the men's soccer team. He would remain on staff with the men's team for five years before taking a coaching position at Lakeland Christian Academy. Hoover spend two years leading the junior varsity program before taking the varsity position in 2008.
Hoover has earned his National "C" license through the USSF. Jon and his wife, Emily, live with their son, Alex, in Winona Lake, Ind.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Josh Deardorff is set for his second year on the staff of Grace’s women’s soccer team in 2018. He graduated from Grace in December 2012 with a degree in business management.He then went on to earn his Master’s degree in 2015 from Western Governors University with a major in Elementary Education.
After his high school soccer career, Deardorff joined the United States Marine Corps where he served for six years. After a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, he returned to Grace to finish his degree.
After graduating from Grace, Deardorff coached at the Kosciusko County Soccer League before taking a coaching position at Lakeland Christian Academy. Deardorff spent a year leading the junior high program before taking the varsity position in 2013.
Deardorff moved to Hawaii in 2014 where he spent three years teaching 6-12th grade at Lanakila Baptist School. He was hired in January 2017 to start a Christian school in Clarion, Penn., which opened its doors in August 2017.
Deardorff is excited to join the Grace coaching staff and contribute to the program’s success. Josh and his wife, Tracie, live in Leesburg, Ind.