Position: Associate Director of Athletics
Other Position: Head Football Coach
Mike Grossner enters his tenth season as head football coach at Baker University in 2013 and has put together six consecutive winning seasons and a 43-22 (41-17 HAAC) record in the past six years, including an NAIA playoff appearance in 2008 and 2012.
In his nine previous seasons, Baker has gone, 54-42, good for a winning percentage of .562, ranking him ninth in school history.
2012 brought the Wildcats another appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs. The Wildcats went 8-2 in the regular season and traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on No. 6 ranked University of St. Francis.
The Wildcats and Cougars battled throughout and the Wildcats held the high powered St. Francis offense to just 3.1 yards per carry on 41 carries, but USF held onto its lead throughout the second half and defeated Baker, 22-17.
Grossner helped lead sophomore defensive end Andre Jolly to one of the top defensive seasons in the NAIA, as the Gardner, Kan., product led the NAIA with 16 sacks and was named a NAIA-AFCA All-American. Under Grossner's leadership, 19 players earned 2012 HAAC All-Conference honors and 10 Wildcats earned the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award.
In 2011, Baker finished the season 7-3 and ranked 11th nationally in scoring offense, racking up over 35 points per game.Since taking over the program in 2004, Grossner has coached five NAIA first-team All-America selections, three Heart of America Athletic Conference Players of the Year and 51 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Baker has finished in the top three in the nation in the amount of scholar-athletes the last four seasons.
Notable school records set by individual Wildcats under Grossner include points scored by a player for a season (168) and career (306), touchdowns for a season (28), passing yards for a game (433), passing yards for a season (3,185), passing yards for a career (8,278), longest field goal (62 yards), field goals in a game (5) and season (23).
Under Grossner, Baker has also led the NAIA in turnover margin in both 2008 and 2011.
Before coming to Baker, Grossner served from 2001 to 2003 as an assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and academic adviser at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. From 1997 to 2000, he was the head coach at Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, guiding the Gauchos to the 2000 national championship and earning Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association. He was the offensive coordinator from 1990 to 1995 at Glendale before taking over as head coach. Grossner was the head coach at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz., from 1996 to 1997 and was named Arizona’s Class 4A State Coach of the Year in 1996.
A quarterback at Bethany College, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and Northern Arizona, Grossner played professionally in NFL Europe, where he was a quarterback, offensive coordinator and head coach in Nottingham, England, and Ravenna, Italy, from 1990 to 1993, guiding both teams to the national semifinals.
Grossner and his wife, Karen, live in Baldwin City with their three children, Emma, 16, Jake, 12, and Ryker, 8.