Grimes replaces Philippe Blin, who was recently named technical director of the Pleasanton (Calif.) Girls Soccer Association. Blin, San Jose State University's first women's soccer coach, compiled a 53-44-3 record with four winning seasons in the five-year history of the program.
"Philippe's shoes are big shoes to fill. I know that and I am looking forward to the challenge of taking over a successful program. I'm eager, excited and hope to continue the success this program has enjoyed," says the new Spartans coach. "Since I know the team so well, there will be a smooth transition for all of us. This is a great opportunity to be a head coach, even on an interim basis, of a Division I program."
Grimes has been involved in women's soccer coaching in Santa Clara County for the last 10 years. She began her coaching career in 1990 as the co-head coach of the Homestead High School girls soccer team. She held that position for five years and, concurrently, was an assistant coach for the West Valley Jaguars club soccer team from 1990 to 1993. Grimes also was a trainer for the Sunnyvale Roadrunners and Portola Valley Flash club soccer teams.
"With her talent, background and experience, we should be able to maintain the continuity of our program," says Lewis. "We will begin a full and complete search for a head coach this fall and hope to have the search completed around the time San Jose State University hosts the NCAA Women's College Cup (the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship) in December."
The 1991 graduate of Santa Clara University lettered in soccer and softball at the college level and earned academic All-America honors as a soccer player. She was the "Most Valuable Defensive Player" on the Santa Clara University team that played in the 1990 NCAA Women's Soccer Final Four. Grimes continued to play on local clubs teams, the California tremors and California Storm, from 1990 through 1998.
The resident of Scotts Valley, Calif., and her husband, Scott,
recently became the parents of a baby girl, Jordan.