Mizzou Announces Alex Grinch as New Safeties Coach

4 years 11 months 3 days ago January 05, 2012 Jan 5, 2012 Thursday, January 05 2012 Thursday, January 05, 2012 2:08:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk
By: Ashley Colley

COLUMBIA -- University of Missouri football head coach Gary Pinkel announced the hiring of new safeties coach Alex Grinch on Thursday. Grinch, who is the son of Pinkel's older sister Kathy, returns to Mizzou after serving as part of Pinkel's staff from 2002-04 in a graduate assistant role to replace Barry Odom who excepted a job as defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis.

Grinch was part of three national championship teams and was a third-team All-America safety at Mount Union College. He spent the last three seasons as secondary coach at Wyoming on the staff of Dave Christensen, former Missouri offensive coordinator for Pinkel. Grinch helped guide the Cowboys to two bowl games in the last three seasons.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to come back to Mizzou," said Grinch. "I had a chance to be part of the early years here with Coach Pinkel and I knew back then that this program would take off. To have a chance to be here and be part of the move to the SEC makes this a really exciting time. I'm very appreciative to Coach Pinkel and the entire staff for welcoming me back - there's not a staff in the country that I have more respect for. I'm excited to work with a good group of student-athletes, and looking forward to helping move the program forward any way I can."

"Alex will be an outstanding addition to our staff," said Pinkel. "He brings a lot to the table that our group will benefit from. He's worked hard to become a very successful teacher of the game, and he's someone who will be a great salesman of our program to recruits and families. We're excited that he chose to come back to Mizzou, and we're happy to have him with us."

Grinch completed his bachelor's degree in sports management with a focus in marketing and a minor in business administration from Mount Union in May 2002, and earned a master's degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from Mizzou in December 2004.

He was married to the former Rebecca Blaser of Alliance, Ohio on June 28, 2003. Their first child, son Tyler, was born during the Grinches' first year at Wyoming on Nov. 23, 2009. Their second child, daughter Corbi Elaine Grinch, was born on July 8, 2011.

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