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Player Bio: Kris Grimes :: Track  

  Kris Grimes
Kris Grimes

Player Profile
Position:
Assistant Coach

  • BORN: October 5, 1966
  • HOMETOWN: Jefferson City, Missouri
  • COLLEGE: Abilene Christian University (B.S., 1989), University of Missouri (M.S., 1992)
  • WIFE: Tami Micham Grimes
  • CHILDREN: Kristofor James (12/97), Anna Kay (10/17/00)
  • COACHING EXPERIENCE: Abilene Christian University, 1989, assistant coach; University of Missouri, 1990-91, graduate assistant coach; Northeast Louisiana University, 1992-96, assistant track coach; Michigan State University, 1996-97, assistant men and women and interim head women's track and field coach, 1997-98, interim director women's track and field and cross country.
  • WSU APPOINTMENT: 1998 - Assistant track and field coach
Kris Grimes has made the WSU jumping corps a program not to be overlooked by opponents. After joining the Cougar Track & Field coaching staff in August of 1998, Grimes began working with the men and women high, triple and long jumpers as well as the pole vaulters. He is also responsible for working with the recruiting and media guide materials.

During his 16-year career, Grimes has coached numerous NCAA All-Americans but highlighting his first six years at WSU were the seven Cougars who achieved All-America. Last year Matt Mason set a school indoor record of 26-6 1/4 in the long jump, went on to sixth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 17th at the US Olympic Trials. Another notable Cougar long jumper coached by Grimes was Agneta Rosenblad, the 2001 Pac-10 champion with a school record leap of 21-4 3/4. Triple jumpers Demetrius Murray (54-0, second at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor meet and Pacific-10 Champion) and Cicely Clinkenbeard (school record 42-10 1/4 leap in 2000 and All-American same year) made their marks in the Grimes' era. Pole vaulters Jeannette Martus (sixth place at 2001 NCAA Outdoor meet, WSU record clearance of 13-3) and Tamara Diles (2002 National Pole Vault Summit winner with a school record of 14-3 1/4, third place at the 2002 NCAA Indoor meet) reached their heights under Grimes' mentoring. And in the high jump, Kurtiss Dilley finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Indoor meet with a leap of 7-1 1/2.

A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, Grimes was a three-time All-American pole vaulter at Abilene Christian and a member of four NCAA Division II National Championship teams. Grimes served as an assistant coach at Abilene Christian in 1989 before graduating that same year with a bachelor's degree in education concentrating on psychology/physical education. From 1990-91, Grimes was as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Missouri in Columbia, as he continued his education and went on to earn his master's degree in education with concentrations in sport psychology/biomechanics in 1992.

Grimes spent four years (1992-96) as an assistant coach at University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he worked primarily with the jumpers and multi-events athletes and also served as an instructor of health and human performance.

East Lansing, Michigan, became his home in 1996 when he was named assistant men and women and interim head women's track and field coach at Michigan State University. In his first year with the Spartans, Grimes coach an NCAA Champion, three All-Americans and five All-Big Ten performers.

At the end of his first season, Grimes was promoted to Interim Director of Women's Track and Field and Cross Country at MSU where he served until joining the WSU staff in 1998.

He is a United States Track and Field Coaching Education Certified Instructor and is presently pursuing Level III Certification.

Grimes spent 11 years working at the Don Hood World Class Pole Vault Camps.

He is married to Tami Micham Grimes, a record-holder and former distance runner at ULM. They have two sons, Kristofor James and James Harrison, and one daughter, Anna Kay.

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