Position: Associate Director of Athletics
Other Position: Head Football Coach
Mike Grossner wrapped up his eleventh season as head football coach at Baker University in 2014 and has put together eight consecutive winning seasons and a 62-27 (55-21 HAAC) record in the past eight years, including NAIA playoff appearances in 2008, 2012 and 2013.
In his 11 seasons, Baker has posted a record of, 73-47, good for a winning percentage of .608, ranking him eighth in school history and his 73 wins puts him fourth all-time at BU.
In 2014, the Wildcats went 8-3 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, tied for the highest ranking in school history. Under his leadership, Baker was also awarded with 12 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the most ever in the history of the football program.
On April 15, Coach will be honored with the 2015 Kansas City Sports Commission's Sprint Community Champion award which is given to an individual sports fan, volunteer or advocate that has made a public and longstanding commitment to sports in the Kansas City community and is committed to bettering Kansas City through sports. That event will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Muehlebach Tower.
2013 saw coach Grossner lead the Wildcats to a school-record 11 victories and captured its first HAAC regular season conference championship since 1993, earning him the 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year award. The Wildcats also defeated then-No. 13 ranked Sterling, 10-7, in the first round of the NAIA-FCS Playoffs for the programs first playoff victory since 1993.
Also in 2013, the Wildcats garnered 24 All-HAAC award winners and posted nine Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, good for third-most in the entire NAIA. Throughout the season, BU was ranked as high as No. 4 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll and finished the year ranked No. 5.
From Sept. 28 through Nov. 23, Baker won nine-straight games and took down rival MidAmerica Nazarene, 37-20, on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium for its first win over the Pioneers since 1999.
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), passes attempted in a game (50), career passing touchdowns (60), career sacks (24.5), kicking points in a season (94), punting average in a season (41.3), 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 assistant coach at Glendale from 1990-91 before taking over as the offensive coordinator from 1992 to 1995. He then took over as 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, 17, Jake, 13, and Ryker, 9.