Profile: Bishop Ward's Travis Grosdider 3/4

Travis Grosdidier

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 4, 2011 - 4:21 PM

Travis Grosdidier seems right at home at Bishop Ward. The Cyclones head football coach graduated from a Catholic high school and that type of education is something he believes in.

Grosdidier took over for a Cyclones program that has a history of winning and was 6-3 and just missed the playoffs. The 2009 season was the first since 2004 without a trip to the playoffs and Grosdidier has been an assistant for a span that saw the Cyclones go to the playoffs five times in seven years.

The chance to become the head coach at Bishop Ward excited Grosdidier especially considering his background and faith.

“I think obviously being a Catholic leads me to a school like Bishop Ward” Grosdidier said. “They type of kids you get to coach and the feeling you have helping to strengthen their faith is an important factor.”

Grosdidier grew up in St. Joseph and attended Bishop LeBlond high school before playing baseball at Missouri Western. He has been an assistant with the Cyclones football team and has also been an assistant on the powerhouse baseball team that won six straight state titles from 2003-2008.

This season on the football field, Grosdidier found himself with a group that had experience playing, but not a lot in the starting lineup. The Cyclones only returned four starters but many of the seniors had seen plenty of time on the field. When the year finished the Cyclones found themselves without a win going 0-9. But now Grosdidier is entering his second full season as coach and improvement could be on the horizon.