Plainsmen head soccer coach, David Groves, has recently accepted a position to be the head men's soccer coach at Lyon College in Batesville, AR. The Lyon Fighting Scots are members of the NAIA and compete in the American Midwest Conference. Groves will be the sixth head coach in program history and will enter the 2018-19 season with high hopes.
When Groves came to Northeastern, the Plainsmen had a record of 10-54-1, and improved the record and culture in two years. His first year, the Plainsmen finished with a 9-6-3 record, and then finished this past year 13-8 overall finishing their season in the Region IX Championship game. Groves subsequently was named Region IX Coach of the Year after following their appearance in the championship game. Groves commented, "It's a big turnaround. I plan to build on the rich tradition of the program and add some things I feel like I've been successful with here and hope to bring those things to Lyon College."
Prior to Northeastern Junior College, Groves was an assistant coach at Western Michigan where he participated in the recruitment process and handled game preparation. Groves also served as a clinician at Michigan State, University of Michigan, University of Detroit and Western Michigan prospect camps. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Broncos boasted a top five team GPA in NCAA Division I.
Groves has also coached for the Kingdom Soccer Club in Portage, MI as well as Plainwell High School in Plainwell, MI and Kalamazoo Central in Kalamazoo, MI. At Plainwell, Groves led the program to a 39-17-5 record, a conference championship and a district championship. At Kalamazoo Central, Groves led the team to the conference playoffs in 2011 and 2012 before finishing runner up in the league and conference championship in 2013.
"It was a pleasure leading the men's soccer program at NJC" state Groves. "I can leave here with a clear conscience knowing the quality of student-athletes that are returning and being brought into NJC in the future. Sterling felt like home and this was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I have moved often in my life and it is most difficult to leave something when you are happy. I will always value the relationships that I have established here and do not have enough positive things to say about my work colleagues, supervisors, and friends. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and what the future has in store for this special place in the plains."