Grimes Given Contract Extension

Oct. 16, 2000

Berkeley, Calif - Kevin Grimes, Cal men's soccer coach has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension, assistant athletic director Michael Sawyers announced Monday.

'Kevin has been an exceptional addition to our coaching staff,' said Sawyers, who oversees soccer at Cal. 'His efforts can only be rewarded with a contract extension.'

Grimes, in his first year with the Cal program, is obviously excited about the extension.

'This is a great day, not only for me, but for Cal soccer and the entire Athletic Department,' said Grimes. 'The program has made tremendous strides in a short period of time. The improvements that we have made have been in team discipline, team unity, our professional attitude, relationships with our alumni and fund raising. This contract extension will help recruiting tremendously in replacing, not only this year's senior class, but the 1999 senior class as well. My wife and I hope to grow old here at Cal.'

Grimes came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University, for three seasons. During his tenure at SMU, the Mustangs recorded a 50-11-2 record and earned three NCAA Tournament bids. He was a major force in building this years SMU team, which is ranked No. 2 in this weeks national polls.

Before joining the SMU coaching staff, Grimes spent three seasons (1995-97) as coach of the Mission Viejo Pateadores Soccer Club (CA), which is one of the nation's premier soccer clubs with numerous players playing at Division I programs across the country. He also coached the Irvine (CA) High School girls' varsity team from 1995-97 and the San Juan Soccer Club (CA) from 1993-94.

Grimes helped build the SMU program into one of the perennial soccer powers as a player from 1986-89. A two-year captain, Grimes was a two-time first team All-American and a two-time Herman Award Finalist, which is given annually to the best collegiate men's and women's soccer players. His senior year he finished third in the balloting. Grimes spent many years with the United States National Youth Teams as well as earning seven full international caps with the United States National Team from 1988-91. Originally from St. Louis, Mo., he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1990. In 1986, he was named a Parade All-American and Parade Magazine's National Defender of the Year as a senior at Rosary High School.

Grimes' credentials also include a USSF 'B' license and NSCAA Advanced National license.

Grimes and his wife, Nori, were married May 25, 1998.

TRANSACTIONSCalifornia - Signed men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes to a three-year contract extension.

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