Yellowjackets' Grand Makes Move from DI to DIII

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Brian Grand is sporting a new color this season.

"I think it looks good on me," Grand said.

It's the yellow and black of the Yellowjackets, helping him feel at home in a hive buzzing with 30 new teammates.

"They're really accepting right away. I really like that. They're a bunch of good guys so I have a lot of fun up here."

"He's a guy that the entire team has embraced from the start," said head coach Joe Mooney. "That was really cool to see. A lot of times when you've got that new guy that comes in, everybody feels him out, but Brian was able to get in right away with the guys and make his presence there and feel comfortable."

It's Grand's new extended family that helped him make the move from Des Moines to Superior.

"I wasn't really happy," Grand said. "It didn't feel like home. That was probably the biggest part. I wanted to be out of there. I took the spring off and wanted a fresh start."

Grand is no stranger to moving though. At just 14 years, he and his family moved from Switzerland to North Branch, a suburb just north of the Twin Cities.

"I didn't know a word of English. It was pretty tough. The school system was a lot different."

But it was his soccer ball and cleats that made the transition easier.

"Soccer's always the ice-breaker for everything pretty much."

Now Grand and the Yellowjackets are hoping their latest ice-breaker will help them earn their first ever NCAA tournament appearance.

"I'm looking forward to going to nationals as a team. It's my bar as well. No individual goals, I just want to win."

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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