Grove Shares Memories of Former ADM Coach Whisner

November 8, 2017 6:15 am

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Last week the Raccoon Valley Radio Network confirmed reports that longtime head football coach Mike Whisner has resigned his post.

This week we’re sharing reaction from one his former athletes playing college football in Missouri. One of Whisner’s more successful stints as a head football coach was when ADM made the Class 3A playoffs six straight seasons from 2009-2014. Among the players featured on those playoff football teams was 2013 graduate Jordan Grove, a fifth-year senior running back at Division II’s Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Grove was a junior on ADM’s 12-1 team that made it to the UNI-Dome in 2011. He earned all-state honors his senior season by accounting for 2,253 yards of total offense and 22 touchdowns.

Grove says Whisner’s been a fixture of the ADM football program for years. “He coaches my uncle back when he was playing in the 1990’s, so our families had a history with him,” Grove said, “(I remember) the good times spent at Central (College) team camps and going out with the guys. I think it was my junior year when we got his 100th career win, so that was a special moment for our team and him.”

Whisner’s 100th win came on October 7, 2011, during a 33-10 triumph over the Newton Cardinals. The Raccoon Valley Radio Network was on hand for Grove’s senior day football game last weekend at Bearcat Stadium. Tomorrow Grove talks about his National Championship memories from his time with the Northwest Missouri State University Football team.

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