MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota high school coach Mike Grant, the son of Hall of Fame Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year at a presentation in New York on Friday morning.
The younger Grant has been the head coach for 22 seasons at Eden Prairie, which sits just five miles from the Vikings' practice facility. He has coached the sons of numerous Vikings coaches and front office executives, and led the school to its third consecutive -- and ninth overall -- state championship in Minnesota's biggest high school class this fall. San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Carter Bykowski is an Eden Prairie graduate.
As part of the award, Eden Prairie High School gets a $25,000 award, $15,000 of which will go to the football program. Grant beat out Tri-Central (Ind.) coach George Gilbert and Katy (Texas) athletic director and coach Gary Joseph.
"The Vikings have enjoyed a strong connection to the Grant family over several decades,” Vikings president Mark Wilf said in a news release about the award. “Like his father Bud, Mike has been an outstanding representative of the state of Minnesota. His advocacy for the Vikings youth football efforts is appreciated and we are extremely proud of Mike’s well-deserved accomplishment.”