Former Kays’ coach now at BBCHS
BRADLEY — Life has a way of throwing different and unexpected situations at you.
When Omar Grant was surprisingly relieved of his duties after four seasons as head football coach at Kankakee High School last month, the one thing he said was he’d be coaching somewhere next season.
That ‘somewhere’ now is Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
Grant was officially hired as a coach with the Boilermakers for the upcoming 2019-20 season, something he didn’t see coming.
“I was completely shocked,” Grant said. “I’m still shocked that I’m at Bradley-Bourbonnais with the group of coaches they have. I had talked with Coach (Mike) Kohl and they have a good thing going. I’m beyond grateful and appreciative. I’ve felt embraced.”
Superintendent Dr. Scott Wakeley had the chance to officially meet Grant following the week two matchup between Kankakee and Bradley-Bourbonnais, a 15-8 Boiler victory, and was impressed by how the players responded to his leadership.
Wakeley described Grant’s hiring as a ‘perfect’ fit.
“He fits perfectly what BB and Coach Kohl are all about,” Wakeley said. “He obviously knows football, but there’s a presence about him. We fortunate to have great coaches and he’ll be a great addition not just to the football staff, but as a mentor to the kids.”
For anyone who understands Grant’s coaching philosophy, they know he is big on building a culture that puts student-athletes in the best position to succeed. That philosophy is what drew him to Bradley-Bourbonnais after talking with Kohl.
“Great minds think alike and we both have a similar way of thinking,” Grant said. “He’s a family guy and all about the kids, which is the same way that I am. We sat down, talked and everything sort of fell into place.”
Grant said that he’ll be working on the defensive side of the ball with the secondary, but that doesn’t limit what he ultimately can do for the team.
“Whatever (Coach Kohl) needs me to do, I’m all for it. Anything to help build the program and continue progressing in the right direction.”