Following the departure of Coach Noel Cassar at the end of the 2019 season, the Leicester Falcons have announced their new Head Coach. Continuing to build on their relationship with the universities of Derby in the UK and Baker in the US, the Falcons have shared that former Baker University Head Coach Mike Grossner will head up their coaching staff heading towards their 2020 season.
The Falcons shared via their Facebook page:
“We have great pleasure in announcing Mike Grossner as the new Head Coach for the Falcons.
Mike is the former HC of Baker University and former QB of the Nottingham Hoods. Mike’s record is remarkable and is one of the most successful collegiate coaches.
He is determined on building a dynasty at the Falcons and developing the talent we have and attracting new talent to the team.
Mike will also be working with the Academy and developing a schools programme.
I am sure as Falcons Fans you will all join me in welcoming Coach G to the Falcons Family.
Below is a list of Coach Gs achievements.
- 30 Years of Collegiate Coaching experience-19 as a Head Coach
- 9 Time College Divisional Champion as a Head Coach
- 1 Time National Champion as a Head Coach
- 1 Time National Runner Up as a Head Coach
- 1 Time National Coach of the Year-AFCA
- 3 Time Regional Coach of the Year-AFCA
- 5 Time Divisional Coach of the Year-College level
Spent 4 years Playing/Coaching in Nottingham, England and Ravenna Italy in the early 1990s. Two time National Semi-Finalist in those four seasons.”
The appointment follows the Falcons announcing their partnership with Baker University last year, which is set to see Baker alumni head to the University of Derby for postgraduate studies, while also joining the Falcons during the summer months.
Though the Falcons had hoped to see the fruits of this partnership in 2019, BAFA regulations meant the scholarship players, who initially arrived to join the Falcons roster ahead of the 2019 season, were unable to participate this past summer, and the Falcons found their time in the top tier last just a single season.
However, on paper, there’s nothing stopping the partnership from kicking into action for 2020, as both Derby and Leicester seek to return to top tier action in their respective leagues over the coming months.
Grossner’s move to the Falcons follows fifteen seasons as the Baker University Head Coach, before being dismissed from his role for ‘violations of the University Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct policies of a financial nature and his employment agreement.’ in February 2019.