May 23, 1974|
|1999–2008||San Jose SaberCats|
|2011–2012||San Jose SaberCats|
|2001||Las Vegas Outlaws|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|20??||Monterey Peninsula College (assistant)|
|20??||Foothill College (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Mark Grieb (born May 23, 1974) is a former Arena football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL). Grieb was most recently the head football coach at Menlo College, a position he was named to on April 3, 2013. He was a 13-year veteran of the AFL, having played quarterback for the Anaheim Piranhas (1997), San Jose SaberCats (1999–2008, 2011–2012). Grieb also played in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores (1998) and in the XFL with the Las Vegas Outlaws (2001). Grieb is the second quarterback in AFL history to throw for over 45,000 yards, over 900 touchdowns, over 3,800 completions, and over 10,000 pass attempts. He officially retired on November 8, 2012. He played college football at University of California, Davis.
High school career
Grieb attended UC Davis and was a letterman in football. In football, he finished his career, in the school's top 10 in six different offensive categories. As a senior, he passed for a school-record 3,230 yards and 25 touchdowns, and earned First-team CoSIDA All-Region honors, was a Football Gazette All-American pick, and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is given to the NCAA Division II college football MVP.
In 1997, Grieb signed with the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League. Later that season he was traded to the Milwaukee Mustangs, and spent 1998 with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe before returning to Arena football with the San Jose SaberCats for the 1999 season, where he has remained with the exception of 2001, where he played in the XFL with the Las Vegas Outlaws. With the SaberCats, he has appeared in four ArenaBowls and wins in the 2002, 2004, and 2007, although in 2002, on his way to completing an AFL regular season record 13-1 year, he was injured against the Arizona Rattlers, sustaining a season-ending broken collarbone. John Dutton, Grieb's backup at the time, took over and continued to help lead the team to the ArenaBowl, winning it against the same Rattlers. In 2004, Grieb was able to stay healthy and help lead the SaberCats to another win the ArenaBowl against the Rattlers. In 2008, he helped lead the SaberCats to yet another ArenaBowl appearance, in ArenaBowl XXII, a 59-56 loss to the Philadelphia Soul. After the 2008 season the league was suspended for 2009 with Grieb a free agent. In 2011, when the SaberCats started back up, they signed Grieb back to the team for his 11th season with the team. Grieb played through the 2012 season, announcing his retirement on November 8, 2012.
Records and awards
Grieb holds several records in AFL history including:
- Pass completion percentage for one year: 73%
- Passer rating for one year: 133.5
- Career passer rating: 121.93
On April 3, 2013, Grieb was named the head football coach at Menlo College. In February 2015, Menlo dropped its football program.
Grieb is currently in his first year teaching at San Mateo High School. He teaches chemistry.
Head coaching record
|Menlo Oaks (NAIA independent) (2013–2014)|
- Mark Emmons (November 8, 2012). "San Jose SaberCats quarterback Mark Grieb retires". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
- Tom FitzGerald (April 29, 2005). "SABERCATS QUARTERBACK / On inside looking out / UC Davis grad posts huge stats in AFL, wonders why he never got a shot in NFL". www.sfgate.com. The Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
- "San Jose SaberCats Standout Mark Grieb Tabbed as Menlo Football Head Coach". www.menloathletics.com. Menlo College. April 3, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.