It’s not a surprise to anyone, but Eden Prairie High School coach Mike Grant confirmed Saturday that he had been contacted by officials at St. John’s and will meet with the 10-member search committee charged with finding a new football coach at the school this week.
Grant – a former Johnnies player and assistant coach who has won eight state titles in Eden Prairie and is the son of legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant – has been one of the most speculated upon potential candidates to replace the retiring John Gagliardi.
The committee whittled down a pool of 25 applicants down to under 10 Friday and will begin conducting preliminary interviews with those left this week. Search committee chair Joe Mucha and athletic director Tom Stock declined to say exactly how many candidates remain, but Stock said the number was higher than five.
After preliminary interviews are completed, finalists will be chosen and brought to campus for day-long interviews. Current assistant coach Gary Fasching, who has also applied for the job, said Friday that he was not ‘at liberty to comment’ on whether he had also been contacted Friday. Former St. John’s quarterback and Carleton coach Kurt Ramler, who had also said he would apply for the job, could not be reached for comment Friday or Saturday.