Mike Denbrok is in his first season on The Farm as an offensive line coach for
tackles and tight ends. Denbrock, who coached in the Arena Football League the
past two seasons, was named to his current position by head coach Tyrone Willingham
on January 22, 2001.
Denbrok, 37, was the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and offensive and defensive line coach for the Buffalo Destroyers of the AFL in 1999 and 2000. In their second year in the league, Denbrock helped the Destroyers land a playoff berth in 2000. His '99 defense finished third in the league in both scoring and total defense.
Prior his two years in the Arena League, Denbrock had coached at his alma mater, Grand Valley State (1992-98), Illinois State (1990-91) and Michigan State (1988-89). He also held the position of Director of Pro-Player Personnel.
During his coaching career, Denbrock has coached nine First-Team All-Americas and several others who have gone on to professional football, including four NFL players.
At NCAA Division II Grand Valley State, Denbrock was both the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator during his seven years in Allendale, Michigan (`92-98). He was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 1992-95, then switched to the defensive side of the ball where he was the coordinator and linebackers coach from `96-98.
Denbrock's defense at Grand Valley ranked among the nation's top 30 in total defense, scoring defense and rush defense from 1996-98. His '96 defense led the MIFC and was 11th nationally in scoring defense while also leading the conference in total defense. As the offensive coordinator, Denbrock's squad was first in the MIFC in both total and scoring offense from 1992-94. In '95, his offense ranked eighth in the nation in scoring and 12th in total offense. Eight of his players earned First-Team All-America honors during his seven-years at Grand Valley State.
Following four seasons as a graduate assistant, Denbrock's first coaching assignment came in 1990 and '91 as the tackles and tight ends coach at Illinois State, an NCAA Division 1AA team.
Denbrock began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Grand Valley State in 1986 and '87 before moving on to Michigan State in '88 and '89, also as a graduate assistant.
A 1986 graduate of Grand Valley State, Denbrock holds a bachelor's degree in communication. He recently earned a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Michigan State. As a member of GVSU football team from 1982-85, Denbrock won the Phillip Shultz Award for attitude and commitment to the football program as a senior.
|1986-87||Grand Valley State||Graduate Assistant|
|1988-89||Michigan State||Graduate Assistant|
|1990-91||Illinois State||Offensive Line|
|1992-98||Grand Valley State||Off. Cord/QB/WR (`92-95)|
|Def. Coord./LB (`96-98)|
|1999-2000||Buffalo Destroyers||Asst. Head Coach|
|1988||Gator Bowl||Michigan State|
|1989||Aloha Bowl||Michigan State|
|Prominent Players Coached|
|Brian Brown, TE||Illinois State|
|Bob Mitchell, TE||Grand Valley State|
|Mike Sheldon, OT||Grand Valley State|
|Diricki Mose, WR||Grand Valley State|
|Carlton Haselrig, OG||Buffalo Destroyers|
The Denbrock File
- Full Name: Michael Frederick Denbrock
- Hometown: Homer, Michigan
- High School: Homer
- College: Grand Valley State, 1986
- Graduate Degree: Michigan State, 2001
- Marital Status: Single
- TE, Grand Valley State, 1982-85