Ahead of the Pack: A Tribute To Mike Grandall
In 2010, Mike Grandall retired as head men's track and field and cross country coach after more than three decades at the helm. Grandall took over as men's cross country and track and field coach in 1982-83 and coached women's cross country from 1980 to 1984.
During his tenure, Grandall coached nine individual NCAA champions and 58 All-Americans. His student-athletes won 63 North Central Conference and Great West Conference event championships.
Fifty-two of UND's 55 current indoor and outdoor school records were established under Grandall's watch.
In the classroom, 29 of Grandall's student-athletes earned academic All-America honors. In 2008, UND was named the Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCA).
Grandall is a native of Lignite, N.D., where he won the North Dakota State Class B tide in the 100- and 200-yard dashes. Grandall graduated in 1970 from Minot State University and went on to coach and teach at Mohall (N.D.) High School until coming to UND in 1979 to complete a master's degree in physical education. He served as a graduate assistant in physical education from 1978-81 and assisted in cross country and track. In 1981-82, Grandall was the intramural director at UND.
In honor of Coach Grandall's lifetime of commitment and steadfast loyalty to UND Track & Field, former tracksters Steve, '90, '92, and Barb (Bergantine) Burian, '90, '95 have established a scholarship endowment in his name.
The scholarship or scholarships will support tuition and fees for men's and/ or women's track and field student-athletes.
Click here to support the Mike Grandall Track & Field Endowment.
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If you pay taxes in North Dakota, you may be eligible to take advantage of an additional tax credit
on your gift. With a minimum $5,000 gift to the Mike Grandall Track & Field Endowment, you may benefit from both a federal tax deduction AND a North Dakota income tax credit equal to 40% of the charitable gift, thereby significantly reducing the net cost of giving. Ask your tax advisor for more information.
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