Former SLU head basketball coach and Mizzou assistant, Rich Grawer, has announced that he is retiring as the athletic director at Clayton High School.
Grawer basically just wanted to spend more time with his family. He’d been see-sawing with the idea for some time before making the decision official effective June 30. The highly regarded coach and educator has been in the business for 41 years. Grawer coached at St. Louis U. High School, DeSmet, Mizzou, SLU, and Clayton.
Although Grawer will be giving up his A.D. duties, he will remain active in the classroom and on the court. Grawer plans to teach classes at Fontbonne University as well as continuing to work at his basketball camp.
He played on the 1961 SLUH team that won the state championship. He won another championship, this time as a member of KC Rockhurst University’s team that won the NAIA championship. Grawer is the only male basketball athlete from Missouri to win a state title and a college national title.
As a coach, Grawer was dynamic. He won three state titles as the coach of DeSmet and finished with a record of 269-85. Also during his time at DeSmet, Grawer produced a 63-game winning streak and one NBA player, Steve Stipanovich.