Grochow named national coach of year
Great is the word Scott Grochow used to describe being honored as a top coach in the state of North Dakota. Putting into words what it means to be honored as the top coach in the country proves more difficult.
Grochow was recently named the National Coach of the Year in boys track and field by the National High School Coaches Association.
“It’s amazing when you receive that at the regional and state level and when you receive it at a national level it’s huge,” Grochow said. “I can’t explain what it is, but it’s a huge honor.
“My name happens to be on it, but I look at it more as an honor for Rugby High School and the people in the community. It’s not possible without the support from my family, the other coaches and the athletes and their parents for letting them do all the stuff we ask.”
Grochow has coached high school track and field and football for 29 years. He also serves as the school’s athletic director.
“The award isn’t just based on wins and losses,” Grochow said. “The award is based also on longevity, being involved in other sports and service to the profession in the state. And being a part of the state coaches’ association and being on the advisory committee.”
But anybody who is around RHS athletics knows the award is a product of all the time Grochow puts in to keep the Panthers in the upper echelon of the state’s track and field programs every year.
“It’s a tremendous honor for a tremendous coach,” RHS principal Jared Blikre said. “The award certainly reflects the countless hours Scott spends backing the athletes.”
Said Grochow: “To me it doesn’t seem like a huge time commitment, but it (requires) my family giving up time and other coaches’ families allowing them to give up time.
“I listened to a guy who coached for 54 years and he said he plans to coach again because he simply enjoys going to practice. That’s how I feel. I enjoy what I do and being around the kids and the competition and strategy.”
NHSCA awards begin with state coaches associations nominating an individual, who is then up for selection to win a regional award in six- to eight-state regions. The national coach of the year is selected from the pool of region awardees.
Grochow’s summer accolades don’t stop there. On July 31 in Fargo, he will be inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame along with his college track coach at Minot State University – the late Wiley Wilson.
“To be inducted with that guy that’s just phenomenal for me,” Grochow said.
Grochow moved to Rugby in 1987 and took over as head coach of football in 1990 and head coach of boys track and field in 1995. He began serving as athletic director in 1999. His football program has five region titles and three state runner-up finishes. His track teams have 21 region titles and three state titles.
The 2014 NDHSCA Coaches Convention will run from July 29 to August 1 in Fargo. Three other RHS coaches will be recognized at the convention. Boys basketball coach Mike Santjer and boys golf coach Gary Myhre will officially be named the state’s coaches of the year in their respective sports. RHS jumping coach Steve Mueller will be recognized as the track and field assistant coach of the year.
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