Mike Gravier

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Mike Gravier
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Associate head coach, offensive line coach
Team North Park
Conference CCIW
Biographical details
Born (1960-09-27) September 27, 1960 (age 57)
Playing career
? Grand Valley State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988 Southeast Missouri State (WR)
1989–1991 Michigan Tech (QB/RB/WR)
1992–1994 Malone (OC)
1995–1998 Malone
2009 Concord (TE)
2011–2012 Bluefield
2013 Valparaiso (interim HC)
2014 Eastern Michigan (assistant)
2017–present North Park (associate HC / OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 30–24–1
Tournaments 1–1 (NAIA D-II playoffs)
0–1 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 MSFA Mideast League (1995–1996, 1998)

Mike Gravier (born September 27, 1960)[1] is an American football coach and former player. He played college football at Grand Valley State University and is currently an associate coach at North Park University. Gravier is known for significant success as a coach with upstart Malone, having successfully led the team to significant victories early in the history of the program at a time when other peer programs were well-established,[2] including a NAIA playoff appearance in the program's third year.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Malone[edit]

Gravier was the second head football coach for the Malone College Pioneers[4] located in Canton, Ohio and he held that position for four seasons, from 1995[5] until 1998. His career coaching record at Malone was 30 wins, 12 losses, and 1 ties.[6] This ranks him first at Malone in total wins and first at Malone in winning percentage.[7]

Gravier's success at Malone is supported by his first-year record of 10 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie[8] and included a victory over rival Geneva College.[9] The sole loss came in the quarterfinal playoffs for the NAIA national championships.[10] His team also reached the national championship hunt during his last season at Malone, losing to Georgetown College.[11] Three of the four years he coached at Malone, his team was either league champion or co-champion.[12] In spite of his success on the field, he was asked to resign by the administration a week before the season opening game of 1999[13] after allegations surfaced that he struck a student athlete during a practice session.[14]

Assistant coaching[edit]

Prior to coaching at Malone, he was an assistant coach for the Michigan Tech Huskies[15] and at Southeast Missouri State[16] He also was an assistant at Malone under head coach Joe Palmisano, whom he replaced to be the head coach.[17][18] He also worked as the tight ends coach at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia.[19]

Bluefield College[edit]

Gravier was the head coach for the Bluefield College Rams in Bluefield, Virginia. The program participated in non-sanctioned "club play" for the 2011 season and joined the NAIA's Mid-South Conference beginning in the 2012 football season.[20]

In their first season since 1941, the Bluefield Rams finished without a single win. Their record was 0–11 overall, recording 0–6 in conference play.[21] In April 2013 during spring drills, he was fired by the school.[22]

Valparaiso[edit]

Gravier became an assistant coach of the Valparaiso Crusaders for the 2013 season. When the head coach was fired with one game to go in the season, he was promoted to interim head coach for the final game.[23] Valparaiso lost their final game that season.[24]

At the end of the season, Dave Cecchini was hired as a full-time replacement[25] and Gravier was fired shortly thereafter.

Subsequent coaching jobs[edit]

During the 2014 season, Gravier served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan. After leaving the Eagles, he was out of college football. In 2017, he became the offensive line coach and associate coach at North Park [26]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NAIA Coaches' Poll#
Malone Pioneers (Mid-States Football Association) (1995–1998)
1995 Malone 10–1–1 3–0–1 1st (MEL) L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1996 Malone 8–2 5–1 T–1st (MEL)
1997 Malone 5–5 3–3 4th (MEL)
1998 Malone 7–4 5–1 1st (MEL) L NAIA First Round
Malone: 30–12–1 16–5–1
Bluefield Rams (Mid-South Conference) (2012)
2012 Bluefield 0–11 0–6 6th
Bluefield: 0–11 0–6
Valparaiso Crusaders (Pioneer Football League) (2013)
2013 Valparaiso 0–1 0–1 10th
Valpraiso: 0–1 0–1
Total: 30–24–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Better Gift For Gravier 0-2 Pioneers regroup to shut out Trinity – on coach's 37th birthday". Akron Beacon-Journal. September 28, 1997. 
  2. ^ Perrotto, John (October 27, 1995). "Geneva-Malone a Showdown of NAIA Div II Powerhouses". Beaver Country Times. 
  3. ^ Perrotto, John (November 15, 1995). "Malone Expected Geneva Rematch". Beaver Country Times. 
  4. ^ "Puma Football to Host Malone in Homecoming Game". Saint Joseph's College. 
  5. ^ "Transactions". Kansas City Star. January 14, 1995. p. D6. 
  6. ^ "2007-2008 Mid-States Football Association Press Guide" (PDF). Mid-States Football Association. 
  7. ^ DeLassus, David. "Malone Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Records and archives". Mid-States Football Association. 
  9. ^ Robertson, Scott (November 18, 1995). "Malone beats Geneva on last-play field goal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  10. ^ DeLassus, David. "Malone College 1995 Football Results". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  11. ^ DeLassus, David. "Malone College 1998 Football Results". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  12. ^ DeLassus, David. "Mike Gravier Results by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  13. ^ Call, Andy (September 29, 1999). "Malone's long list of injured includes its starting QB". Canton Repository. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Walsh's win is big news, in small way". Akron Beacon Journal. October 3, 1999. 
  15. ^ "Football media guide" (PDF). Michigan Tech Huskies. 
  16. ^ "NCAA Record" (PDF). The NCAA News. April 5, 1989. 
  17. ^ "Transactions". Baltimore Sun. 
  18. ^ "Gravier New Malone Coach". Akron Beacon-Journal. January 14, 1995. 
  19. ^ "2009 Football Coaching Staff". Concord University. 
  20. ^ White, Jim (July 24, 2010). "Bluefield College names football coach". Religious Herald. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Bluefield College (2012 season results)". DakTronics 3000. Daktronics, Inc. November 11, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ Redd, Bob (April 27, 2013). "Gravier out at Bluefield College". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ Barker, Dan (November 10, 2013). "Valparaiso fires football coach after 3-40 record". The Sporting News. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ "2013-14 Football schedule/results". Valparaiso Crusaders. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ Oren, Paul (December 11, 2013). "New coach Dave Cecchini eager to help Crusaders turn the corner". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Conway Solidifes Staff for 2017 Campaign". North Park University. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 

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