Jordan Carver enters his eighth year as the head coach for Reiver men’s soccer. Carver previously led the Reivers to 7th place finishes in 2010 & 2011, a National Championship in 2013, a 3rd place finish in 2014, and a 5th place finish in 2015. Carver is the program’s most winning coach with an overall record of 131-16-11 and a win percentage of .829. Carver received the 2013 NSCAA Coach of the Year Award and coached the 2013 NSCAA Player of the Year, Greg Timmer.
Carver and the Reivers accomplished a third straight Region XI Championship, Great Lakes District Championship, and appearance at the National Championships. The Reivers defeated Massasoit CC in the first game of the tournament 1-0. Sophomore, Juan Velazquez, scored the game winner off of a deflected pass from freshman, Niv Fogel. The Reivers, however, suffered a tournament ending loss to the eventual 2015 National Champions, Louisburg College. Despite a strong start to the game, the Reivers conceded 2 goals to Louisburg and one of them being from the 2015 Player of the Year, Max Blackmore.
The Reivers finished the 2015 season with plenty of accolades in the ICCAC, Region XI, Great Lakes District, and NJCAA. There were a total of 15 ICCAC Academic All-Region XI members and 9 ICCAC All-Region XI players. Coach Carver received the Great Lakes District Coach of the Year Award. The Reivers had 1 NJCAA All-American, Eric Ganime Bastos; and 2 NSCAA All-Americans, Edgardo Reyes and Joshua Blair.
Since the sport’s inception, the men’s program has enjoyed an overall record of 194-44-17, with ICCAC Conference titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Region XI Tournament titles in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015; Great Lakes District 2nd place in 2005 and 2008; Great Lakes District title in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015; NJCAA National Championship 7th place in 2010 and 2011, 1st place in 2013, 3rd pace in 2014, and 5th place in 2015. The Reivers have been in every Top 20 poll of the NSCAA and NJCAA since 2010.
A native of Utah, Carver played his freshman year in 2000 at William Penn University in Iowa before transferring to Iowa Western in 2004. After receiving first team All-Region honors in 2004 for the Reivers, Carver played one season for the Ogden Outlaws of the Premier Development League. He, then, continued his collegiate career at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his B.A. degree from Grand View College in April 2008, and his M.A. degree from Concordia University-Irvine in 2012. Carver currently holds the USSF “B” License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He is the past Director of Coaching for Council Bluffs Futbol Club and a current board member for the newly formed Council Bluffs Soccer Club. He is also the NSCAA JUCO All-America National Chair and a committee member for the NJCAA D1 National Polls.
Carver is supported by his wife, Kolay, and sons, Kolo and Zoli.
Caleb Hinson enters his ninth year coaching with Iowa Western. Hinson is the lead trainer, recruiting coordinator, and goalkeeper coach. He is also the academic success coordinator, spring sports' game management coordinator, and summer camps instructor. Hinson has been alongside Coach Carver in every season and is a large reason for the 2013 National Championship and the success obtained by the team.
During his prep career at Nevada (Iowa) High School, Hinson was starting keeper for three years. His team won three district finals and made three appearances at the state tournament. He earned 3 first team All-Conference honors and was selected as the first team All-State keeper his senior year.
Hinson played one year at Marshalltown Community College, helping his team to a region title. Marshalltown ended the year ranked 10th in the nation. Hinson transferred to Iowa Western the following season and helped the Reivers finish second in the region while earning All-Region honors as a goalkeeper.
He was the assistant coach at Glenwood High School for the boys' soccer team in 2010 and 2011. He earned a B.A. degree in History from the Iowa Western extension of Buena Vista University. Coach Hinson holds the USSF National “D” license and the NSCAA National Diploma and Level 3 Goalkeeper Diploma.
Hinson is supported by his wife, Ali.
Ryan Thompson, a native of Tacoma, Washington, enters his first season with the Reivers. Thompson replaces former Reiver All-American Marco Carvalho as the Room and Board Assistant Coach. He will be in charge of the reserve team and he will assist Coach Carver and Coach Hinson in all things pertaining to the varsity team. His duties include Reiver Soccer Camps, recruitment, academic advising, training, game management, and field maintenance.
Ryan graduated from Wilson High School (Tacoma, Washington) in 2007. After graduating, Ryan started for Tacoma Community College men’s soccer as the goalkeeper for two seasons. His success at TCC helped him land a spot with the Tacoma Stars (professional indoor) where he played with some of the best professionals from the Northwest. Thompson quickly realized his need to pursue further education. Shortly after this decision, he was recruited to play soccer for Waldorf College (Iowa). He played a total of three seasons and then became a student assistant for the men's soccer program. Thompson graduated from Waldorf College in 2015 with degrees in Business Management and Sports Management.
Soon after graduating, Thompson was offered the job of Graduate Assistant for the Waldorf women's soccer program. He simultaneously accepted the position as Head Boys’ Soccer Coach for CAL Latimer High School. This experience taught Thompson a great deal about the game and the importance of character and leadership development. He has been a volunteer coach and private goalkeeper trainer since the age of 18. Ryan currently holds his USSF F License and is working to obtain his USSF E License.
Kevin Finlayson enters his third season as a volunteer assistant coach. Finlayson works primarily with the goalkeepers and assists with other team duties.
Finlayson, a native of Payson, Utah, first joined Iowa Western as a goalkeeper. He played for the Reivers in 2009 and 2010. He received his degree in Nursing from Iowa Western and is currently working in Iowa as a nurse.
He is supported by his wife, Hung, and son, Kai.