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Mike Grant
Position: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 1993
Phone: (269) 387-8646
Email: michael.grant@wmich.edu

Mike Grant enters his third season with the Western Michigan football staff as its wide receivers coach in 2010. Grant, who is also the assistant head coach, had two of his receivers garner all-conference recognition for the second-straight year in 2009.

Working with young receivers, Grant's group accounted for 85.9 percent of the Broncos aerial yards and 70.8 percent of the team's aerial touchdowns.  Five different wide receivers hauled in at least one TD in 2009, including four from a pair of true freshmen.  Two receivers, Robert Arnheim and Jordan White, recorded over 50 catches and had 701 and 681 yards receiving, respectively.

Prior to start of the 2009 spring practice season, Grant was elevated to assistant head coach by head coach Bill Cubit.  The Broncos receiving corps was led by Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele's All-American Jamarko Simmons.  Simmons rewrote the record book in 2008, breaking the single-season mark for receptions (104) and yards (1,276).  He also broke the career record for receptions (260) and became the third Bronco with 3,000 career receiving yards.  

Bronco receivers combined for 21 of WMU's 37 receiving TDs, including seven for Simmons and Second Team All-MAC selection Juan Nunez and six for Schneider Julien.  The starting trio each had over 50 receptions on the season.

Grant brings 16 years of coaching experience to WMU after spending the 2007 season at Southern Miss and the previous nine years at Iowa State (1998-2006). He has either played or coached in 13 bowl games and was a member of a staff that won two national championships. As an assistant coach, his teams participated in the Fiesta Bowl (1996), Orange Bowl (1994, 97), Insight.com Bowl (2000), Independence Bowl (2001, 2004), the Humanitarian Bowl (2002) and the EV1.net Bowl (2005).

He spent six years as the wide receivers coach at Iowa State. Beside working with the receiving corps and recruiting responsibilities, he was the lead coach for the kickoff cover unit. Other areas he was involved in included serving as liaison with NFL scouts and the weight room program, including offseason and summer conditioning, handling freshman orientation and life skills program during fall camp, assisting with housing and training table and program correspondence.

Grant's wide receivers at ISU broke every receiving record in the school's history. He had three players named first-team All-Big 12 in 2005 and one of his receivers became the all-time leading receiver in the history of ISU and another became the all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

Prior to that, he coached the running backs (2000), outside linebackers (1999) and defensive backs (1998) at Iowa State. He coached first-team All-Big 12 running back Ennis Haywood, who became the seventh ISU back to post two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and his running backs went two years without a fumble. While coaching the defensive backs, the secondary went from No. 107 in the nation to No. 29 in his first year with the position. The pass efficiency defense went from 153.3 to 111.5 the next season and the secondary increased in interceptions and decreased in touchdowns given up.

Grant brings years of successful special teams experience as well. The special teams unit at Iowa State was ranked in the top four of the Big 12 Conference each year. During his tenure at Iowa State, he was the lead coach of the kickoff cover from 1998-2006, and PAT block team (1999) and assisted with the punt team (1998-2006), the punt return team (1998-2006) and the kickoff return (1999).

He went to Iowa State after serving as the tight ends/wide receivers coach (1997) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. He was a graduate assistant coach, (1994-95) working with the receivers at Nebraska, spent a year as a student assistant recruiting coordinator (1993-94) and three years as the liaison to the football booster and athletic clubs (1994-97), also at Nebraska.

From 1993 until 1996, he was a coach or facilitator at football camps, workshops and clinics in Nebraska, New Jersey and Florida. He also garnered experience working with Nebraska's Public Relations Office (1992-93) and served as the executive producer of the Tom Osborne Show (1993-94).

Grant graduated from Nebraska in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising and has currently completed the course work for his master's degree in mass communication. While a student, he earned a spot on the 1991 Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight Honor Roll and was the recipient of the Student-Athlete Academic Honor Medallion, The Reader's Digest Scholarship, the Omaha World Herald Scholarship and the Bobby Reynolds Scholarship.

While playing at Nebraska from 1988-92, he lettered three years as a quarterback and was a member of teams which earned three Orange Bowl invitations and made appearances in the Fiesta and Citrus Bowls.

Grant (40/DOB: 1-26-70) and his wife Nina, have a daughter, Mireia.

WMU ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES UNDER GRANT

YEAR
NAME
POSITION
TEAM
2009   Juan Nunez   Wide Receiver   Second
2009   Robert Arnheim   Wide Receiver   Third
             
2008
Jamarko Simmons

Wide Receiver
  First
2008

Juan Nunez

Wide Receiver

Second
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