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Thomas Michael Grahovac
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 230 lb.
Mike Grahovac was a minor league catcher who became a college coach.
An All-Conference pick twice in college, Grahovac was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 1989 amateur draft, the 101st overall pick. He was the third college hitter they took, following Steve Hosey and Clay Bellinger. Grahovac hit only .168/.227/.230 with 44 strikeouts in 161 at-bats that summer for the Everett Giants. He had more passed balls (29) than hits (27). In 1990, Mike was with the Bend Bucks (11 for 26, 3 2B, 3 BB) and Clinton Giants (.147/.187/.196, 33 K in 102 AB). He had 10 passed balls to 4 RBI. He wrapped up with Clinton in '91, putting up a .206/.260/.279 with 19 strikeouts in 68 at-bats before injury ended his career. Overall, his career line was .188/.242/.252.
The big backstop then worked in law enforcement and coaching. He was assistant coach at Orange Coast Community College from 1992-1998 and also coached for the 1996 Alaska Goldpanners. From 2006-2008, he was a coach at Lutheran High School of Orange County, working with Gerrit Cole most notably. He was hired as head coach of Concordia University for the 2009 season, going 22-26 his first year and 27-24 his second. His third year, the school improved to 38-18 and won a spot in the 2011 NAIA College World Series. Despite a #9 seed in the tournament, the third-year coach led them to its first national title.
Sources include Concordia bio