Bain is Grand Meadow’s next head football coach

Grand Meadow football has become a familiar face replacing legendary coach Gary Sloan.

Josh Bain is the choice. Bain, 32, has both played for and worked under Sloan, the past six years as a defensive coordinator.

“He was kind of our pick all along,” said Sloan, who remains Grand Meadow’s athletic director. “He’s a tough, intractable guy who gets along well with children.”

Replacing Sloan, Bain takes over as one of the most successful football coaches of all time in Southeast Minnesota. A Grand Meadow football coach since 1993, Sloan finished with a screaming 230-84 record and won four straight state championships beginning in 2013.

After graduating from Grand Meadow in 2007 where he was a football star, Bain went on to play college football at Hamline University.

Bain is now a physical education and health teacher at Grand Meadow. He says he’s excited about this new training opportunity and is ready to put what he’s gleaned from Sloan to good use.

“I’m pretty confident in everything I’ve learned from Gary over the years,” Bain said. “What I really appreciated about him was his coaching style. It was more than football with Gary. It was about teaching life skills and showing these boys how to become men. Football is just a game. But winning games can go well with whatever you teach these kids.

Grand Meadow is coming off another golden season in which they finished 8-2. The Superlarks’ season ended with a loss in the first division semifinals, where they were upset by eventual state champion LeRoy-Ostrander.

Chris B. Hall