Mike Groh

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Mike Groh
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Wide receivers coach
Team Chicago Bears
Biographical details
Born (1971-12-19) December 19, 1971 (age 42)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Playing career
1991–1995
1996
1997
University of Virginia
Baltimore Ravens
Rhein Fire
Position(s) QB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000
2001–2002
2003
2004–2005
2006–2008
2009
2010
2011–2012
2013–present
New York Jets (assistant)
Virginia (WR)
Virginia (WR/QB)
Virginia (QB)
Virginia (OC)
Alabama (GA)
Louisville (QB)
Alabama (WR)
Chicago Bears (WR)

Mike Groh (born December 19, 1971) is an American college football coach and former player, currently the wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears. He is a former starting quarterback at the University of Virginia.

High school career[edit]

Groh attended Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey, where he was part of the state championship team in 1990. Of note, his last game as a senior is often called the "Miracle at Montclair" or "The Greatest High School Game Ever Played" in New Jersey, a 22–21 victory in dramatic fashion over Montclair High School. The game was the 49th consecutive win for the program, a state record at the time. Groh was the quarterback and kicker on the team, and kicked the game-winning field goal as the clock expired.[1]

College career[edit]

Groh enrolled at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1991 and was redshirted as a true freshman. He served as a backup quarterback during his redshirt freshman season in 1992 and replaced struggling starter Bobby Goodman in a late season game against N.C. State. However, in the 1993 season, Groh lost the quarterback competition to fellow redshirt sophomore Symmion Willis and again served as a backup. In the first game of the 1994 season against Clemson, Groh alternated with Willis when the offense struggled during a 6–3 win. Groh and Willis continued to alternate at quarterback for the next few games until Groh emerged as the starting quarterback. The Cavaliers finished 9–3 for the 1994 season with a win over Texas Christian University in the Independence Bowl. Groh led the Cavaliers to a 9–4 record in the 1995 season highlighted by a 33–28 win over Florida State and a win over Georgia in the Peach Bowl. His father is Al Groh the former head coach of football at Virginia.

Coaching career[edit]

Groh was hired as an assistant for his father Al, who was head coach of the New York Jets in 2000.[1] Groh was hired on the Virginia staff in 2001 as the wide receivers coach before he took on the task of coaching the Cavalier quarterbacks in 2003 along with the receivers. Then in 2006, he was named the teams offensive coordinator. He was relieved of the offensive coordinator position at the University of Virginia in December 2008.[2] Groh spent the 2009 season at Alabama as an offensive graduate assistant as the Crimson Tide recorded a 14–0 record en route to the National Championship. Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong announced, on January 13, 2010, that he has hired Mike Groh to coach the quarterbacks at University of Louisville. On February 7, 2011, it was announced he had been given the job of wide receivers coach at the University of Alabama.[3] On February 21, 2013, it was announced that Groh was hired by the Chicago Bears as wide receivers coach.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (July 11, 2013). "Groh looking to build upon recent success". Chicago Bears. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Goldsmith, Will. "Mike Groh ousted as offensive coordinator". C-VILLE Weekly. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ Goodbread, Chase (February 7, 2011). "Groh named to replace Cignetti on Alabama staff". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Biggs, Brad (February 21, 2013). "Bears add Mike Groh to complete Marc Trestman's staff". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2013.