Arizona State Football Promotes Two Coaches

Feb. 24, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University Head Football Coach Dirk Koetter announced Monday that he has promoted two assistant coaches on his staff in terms of their responsibilities and titles.

Mark Helfrich will now serve as the passing game coordinator, in addition to being the quarterbacks coach. Jeff Grimes will now be the running game coordinator, in addition to being the offensive line coach.

'Mark and Jeff are two excellent young coaches who I have charged with taking our offensive system to the next level,' says Koetter. 'I will continue to be the main play caller, but I feel like this is the necessary step for us to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the Rose Bowl.'

Mark Helfrich enters his third year at ASU. He tutored Andrew Walter last year, helping the sophomore become No. 18 in the nation in total offense (261.50) and No. 19 in passing efficiency (137.10). Walter threw for 3,877 yards and 28 touchdowns in his first year as a starter.

Helfrich first teamed with Koetter in 1997 at the University of Oregon, where he was an offensive graduate assistant when Koetter was the offensive coordinator of the Ducks. Since 1998, Helfrich worked with the quarterbacks at Boise State, including Bart Hendricks, the nation's top quarterback in 2000 in passing efficiency (170.63) and touchdown passes (38).

Jeff Grimes

Mark Helfrich

In 2000, Helfrich guided the Broncos to the country's fourth-best passing offense (321.5 yards/game) and tops in the Big West. He was vital in the development of Hendricks, the 1999 and 2000 Big West Player of the Year.

Helfrich was a four-year starter at quarterback for Southern Oregon University, earning NAIA honorable-mention All-America accolades in 1993. He was also an Academic All-American while at Southern Oregon, earning his degree in biology in 1996.

Grimes enters his third year in 2003 as the offensive line coach at ASU. Under Grimes in 2002, ASU featured a very young offensive front that protected Andrew Walter well, allowing him to set the school passing record. ASU's 2001 offensive line, led by NFL draft choices and All-Pac-10 selections Scott Peters and Levi Jones, helped ASU finish fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing in 2001, averaging 167.1 yards per game. A total of four of Grimes' offensive linemen were taken in the 2002 NFL Draft for the first time in school history.

Grimes came to ASU after coaching one year at Boise State where the Broncos' offensive line helped the team lead the nation in scoring offense and accumulate 175 rushing yards per game.

Prior to Boise State, Grimes coached the offensive line at Hardin-Simmons University from 1998-99. He helped lead Hardin-Simmons to consecutive conference crowns and a national quarterfinal appearance in 1999 with a 12-1 record.

A four-year letterman as an offensive tackle at UTEP (1986-91), Grimes played under Dirk Koetter when Koetter was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Miners (1986-88).

After spending time in training camps with the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL and the San Antonio Riders of the World Football League, Grimes began his offensive line coaching career at Riverside High School in El Paso, Texas, where he served as the team's offensive coordinator as well. Grimes helped to lead Riverside to regional playoffs each season, and his 1994 team led the state in total offense in 5A. He then became a graduate assistant coach at Rice University (1995) and Texas A&M (1996-98).

Grimes received his bachelor's degree in education from UTEP in 1991 and his master's degree in education administration from Texas A&M in 1997.

He and his wife, Sheri, have a daughter, Bailey, (3), and a son, Garrison, who was born in April of 2002.

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