Monday, December 26, 2016

Baker University Head Football Coach Mike Grossner Named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner was selected as the 2016 American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) NAIA Region 3 Regional Coach of the Year, announced on Tuesday.

This marks the second-straight season Grossner has been named an AFCA Regional Coach of the Year.

The three-time Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year is now 98-49 all-time in 13 seasons at Baker, good for second-all time in victories in school history, as he just passed Emil S. Liston all-time in career victories with the win over No. 9 Eastern Oregon last Saturday, 45-41, in the NAIA-FCS Semifinals.

The current No. 2 ranked Wildcats are a perfect 14-0 and will next take on No. 4 University of St. Francis (Ind.) on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. CST in the NAIA-Football Championship Series National Championship game, Presented by Waste Pro, inside Municipal Stadium.

Under Grossner, Baker has won 17-straight games against a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent and has advanced to the NAIA-FCS Playoffs in four of the last five years, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. They have also captured a Heart of America Athletic Conference in three of the last four years, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This season’s BU football team is the first to appear in a NAIA National Championship game since 1986.

Region 1: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson College & Drew Cronic, Reinhardt University* (tie)
Region 2: Kevin Donley, University of Saint Francis (Ind.)*
Region 3: Mike Grossner, Baker University*
Region 4: Steve Ryan, Morningside College*
Region 5: Chuck Morrell, Montana Tech
*-2015 winner

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