Kevin Grimes Named Far West Region Coach of the Year

Dec. 18, 2002

California men's soccer head coach Kevin Grimes was named the 2002 NSCAA/adidas Division I Far West Region Coach of the Year. Grimes advances as one of 12 finalists for the National Coach of the Year award, announced Jan. 16th at the NSCAA/adidas National Coaches Convention, held in Kansas City, Kan.

After only three years at the helm for the Golden Bears, Grimes has compiled a 30-28-4 record, including a 14-6-2 stint in 2002, and led Cal to its first postseason victory defeating UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA Championships. In the third round, the Bears fell short to eventual National Champion, UCLA, 3-2, finishing the season ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.

'This award has a lot to do with the very special people involved with this program,' said Grimes. 'Brad Agoos, Henry Foulk and David Johnson, my three assistant coaches, have done an outstanding job this year preparing our team and allowing us to reach the Sweet 16. Our players' tremendous season was the true catalyst in allowing me to receive this award. I have to thank all 29 of them for their great efforts.'

The eight Regional Coaches of the Year in addition to the four coaches whose team reached the College Cup Final Four, are eligible for the National Coach of the Year honor. Grimes is only the third coach in Cal history to receive this award, preceded by Bob DiGrazia (1977) and Bill Coupe (1983).

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