|Title:||Asst. Football Coach (WR/Recruiting)|
With the transition to a new coaching staff, Grable will move to wide receivers in 2011. He enters his 11th year on the coaching staff, however he has been a member of the Bear family for much longer than that. He was a wide receiver for both the Bears’ national championship teams in 1996 and 1997.
Grable, and his twin brother Dean both played basketball and football at Northern Colorado. Keith was a standout wide receiver and played on both of the Bears’ national championship teams.
Grable coached Andre Wilson to the career rushing record at Northern Colorado, as he amassed 3,561 yards in his four seasons. Wilson was a two-time First Team All-Conference selection in the All-Great West, as well as a Second Team All-Big Sky selection in 2006.
In 2003, Grable helped running back Adam Matthews set the Bears’ single-season rushing record at 1,653 yards.
In fact, seven of the school’s top 10 indivdual rushing yard seasons have come during Grables’ tenure with the Bears.
As a volunteer coach for the Bears, Grable assisted in the development of Brad Pyatt, who played for the Indianapolis Colts for several years and now is a member of the Colorado Crush in the Arena Football League, as well as helping George Carroll and Eric Nelson become two of the Bears’ top-10 receivers all-time.
A four-year letterwinner for the Bears from 1996-99, Grable is remembered for his clutch third-down receptions during the national championship runs. He still ranks among the best at Northern Colorado, ranking seventh with 1,481 receiving yards. He was named to the All-NCC First-Team as a senior in 1999.
Grable earned his bachelor’s degree in 2000 and completed his master’s degree in 2002 in physical education/pedagogy, both from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a native of Thornton, Colo., and prepped at Horizon High School.
Grable and his wife Susan have three sons, Jaxon, Ryan and Austin.