Long before Mike Grant became one of Dan McCarney’s trusted assistant coaches, he began his career working behind the scenes in the world of recruiting.
Grant had just finished his career as a quarterback at Nebraska and was looking for a start in coaching as a graduate assistant. When nothing was immediately available, Grant landed a job as an assistant to the recruiting coordinator at his alma mater.
Grant always wanted to take advantage of what he learned during those new months before he became a graduate assistant at Nebraska and will now have that opportunity after taking over as UNT’s recruiting coordinator.
Grant took over the job after an off-season staff shakeup that saw three UNT assistants leave, including Noah Joseph, who was the Mean Green’s recruiting coordinator last year.
“I’m excited about it,” Grant said. “All my degrees are in communication and advertising. Sometimes I sat around and thought about all the talents I have that I never used. Now I get to use them.”
UNT coach Dan McCarney saw those talents and expressed confidence in Grant helping the Mean Green build on the momentum it established last season. UNT finished 9-4 and beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The Mean Green then signed what was widely considered a solid recruiting class in in February.
“I wanted to keep it with guys who have been on staff,” McCarney said. “Mike is super organized and will be good with that.”
Grant has degrees in communication studies and journalism from Nebraska, where he helped behind the scenes with the Cornhuskers nation-wide recruiting efforts.
“I learned a lot that year at a much bigger level because Nebraska recruited nationwide,” Grant said. “I felt like an arm chair quarterback here. Now I get a chance to ask the questions and develop the plan.”
Grant plans to help UNT continue to take advantage of new recruiting avenues, including social media.
UNT has already begun to put Grant’s plan into action. The Mean Green has held one Junior Day this spring and will host another on March 18.
“I don’t like to tell the guys this, but I’m a geek when it comes to computers and electronics,” Grant said. “I have always been into social media and those things. That is so big now. Recruiting is going that direction. You have to be into it. That is a direction we have to go to compete for players.”