Grimes Resigns as San Jose State Head Women's Soccer Coach to Pursue Family Interests

SAN JOSE--San Jose State head women's soccer coach Tamie Grimes has resigned, effective December 31, to pursue family interests. Carolyn Lewis, San Jose State senior associate athletics director, made the announcement.

Grimes was the first coach to lead a Spartan women's soccer team to the NCAA Tournament. She was the interim coach for the 2000 Spartan team and led them to the 2000 Western Athletic Conference tournament title and the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. Her three-year career record was 18-37-7 at San Jose State. Prior to being named interim coach, Grimes was a Spartan assistant coach for two seasons.

"I have enjoyed my five seasons here at San Jose State," said Grimes. "However, I have come to a point in my career where my family takes priority, and this is a great opportunity for us."

"We wish Tamie well in her future," said Lewis. "Our loss will be someone else's gain. She will have a bright future when she returns to coaching."

Grimes has been involved in women's soccer coaching for the past 13 years. She began her coaching career at Homestead High School in 1990. She was the co-head coach of the girl's team that won three Central Coast Section championships.

Grimes lettered four years in soccer at Santa Clara University. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1989 Bronco team and the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the 1990 squad. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Women's Soccer Final Four. She was a two-time first team All-West selection, all-NCAA tournament selection and Adidas Academic All-America selection.

Grimes graduated from Santa Clara in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in Spanish. She and her husband, Scott, presently reside in Scotts Valley with their daughter Jordyn.

Cris Gilmore will serve as the interim coach until a new head coach is named. A national search is currently underway to find a successor.

TRANSACTIONS - San Jose State women's soccer head coach Tamie Grimes resigned to pursue family interests.

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