The Athletic Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is pleased to announce Golden Norse Basketball Coach Dustin Grover has received the 2016 District B Coach of The Year Award. Grover is in his eleventh year as the head coach for the Golden Norsemen and has posted a sixty percent winning average. He has coached two NJCAA All-Americans and over twenty All-Conference and All-Region players. Grover’s teams won the regional title in 2008, 2014, and 2016, as well as a conference title in 2007. “Dustin Grover is very deserving of this honor,” said Dale Patterson, athletic director for NEO. “He is a full-time instructor on our campus, assistant athletic director, and head coach. He does an outstanding job of balancing all of these duties and does each of them with integrity and high morals. His team is comprised of mature students who are talented athletes and that is a direct reflection of him. He prepares his athletes for games and for life. We are very fortunate to have Dustin Grover at NEO.”
Grover has a long history with NEO and understands the tradition of being a Norsemen. His father, Jim Grover, was an instructor at NEO and was recently honored as the 2015 Outstanding Retired Faculty. Coach Grover was a junior in high school when he watched the 1989 Golden Norsemen team win the National Title. He and his three siblings all graduated from NEO. Grover received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree from Northeastern State University. He was hired as the head coach for the Norse basketball team in 2005. Grover and his wife Elsie, also an NEO employee, live in Miami with their two children: Isaiah and Gia.