Another Grant at the Super Bowl: Mike is national prep coach of the year

  • Article by: Jim Souhan , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 12:36 AM

The Eden Prairie football coach was named the nation’s prep coach of the year.

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littlehopeJan. 31, 14 3:53 PM

The rich get richer. "With the award, Grant will receive $25,000, $15,000 of which will go to the Eden Prairie program."

mnmike57Jan. 31, 14 4:24 PM

Wow what a joke! I don't think he would even be considered for this award if people really knew what was going on over at EP with your boy Mike. Does he win this award if you knew he backed out of playing a team in Fla without even telling the other team? Any idea of how he is viewed at EP among people who work for him (minus one person of course)? He is on record this season of saying this was his most talented team ever at EP. Rosemount had 3, maybe 4 guys that would have started at EP? And giving him $10k is like giving Madoff money. Look into his private LLC with his private partner and school/under armour merchandise sales.

wilburforceJan. 31, 14 4:36 PM

I'm not an Eden Prairie fan, but there's no doubt that Mike Grant is a great coach. Of course it helps to have a vast stable of very good players, but this guy knows how to motivate kids. This is a prestigious award and it's nice to see one of our own rewarded for his efforts.

md56482Jan. 31, 14 6:29 PM

One thing not many people think about when it comes to Mike Grant is the flip side. Trying to live in the shoes of your dad who is one of the greatest names in Minnesota sports history, and at the same time he's accomplished a lot on his own.

osseorocksJan. 31, 14 6:30 PM

As a long time high school football coach I am happy for him in being recognized for this award. Having competed against his teams a few times I can offer testament as to how hard nosed and well coached his teams are. I am well aware of those who laud him and critique him and can also offer my opinion on either side, but I am happy that his long term accomplishments are being recognized on a national level. I look forward to competing against his squad in the future.

MatladyJan. 31, 14 6:55 PM

I emailed the article to my son Rusty in St Louis who played with Mike at Lincoln. Both of our sons played with the Grant boys. Rusty ran the 1/2 marathon not long ago and ran the full marathon 2-3 yrs ago. He is in much better shape than Mike thanks to his diligence and a wife that cooks healthy foods. Congrats Mike.

gopher68Feb. 1, 14 8:14 AM

I like the profile the Strib ran on Grant last year that primarily attributed their success to working harder than any other football program. Because none of the other football programs in Minnesota have a strong work ethic.

sportz58Feb. 1, 14 8:35 PM

C'mon......Dad could never win the big one and there are reasons why the kid didn't get the St Johns job. But we won't go into that.

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