Kevin Grimes Signs Five-Year Contract Extension
July 31, 2008
BERKELEY - University of California men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes, a four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year who has directed the Golden Bears to back-to-back conference championships, has agreed to a new five-year contract, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Thursday.
'This is a program accomplishment,' Grimes said. 'It provides for our team continuity and consistency that will continue to enhance our fundraising, capital projects and, most importantly, recruiting. It is also the byproduct of some great past and current players, as well as long hours of dedicated work from our assistant coaches Pieter Lehrer and Henry Foulk. The professionalism, intensity and honesty of Sandy Barbour, Teresa Gould and Liz Miles was absolutely fantastic throughout the process.'
In eight seasons overseeing the Cal program, Grimes has compiled a 93-57-15 record and guided the Bears to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2002 and '06 and the Elite Eight in 2005. Five of his players have earned NSCAA All-America honors, 22 have been voted first-team All-Pac-10 and 53 have garnered Pac-10 All-Academic notice. In addition, three players - Josh Sanders in 2002, Calen Carr in 2005 and Andrew Jacobson in 2007 - have been chosen Pac-10 Player of the Year.
'We are thrilled that Kevin Grimes has chosen to extend his commitment to lead our men's soccer program,' Barbour said. 'Although his alma mater [SMU] came calling, his desire to remain at Cal and continue to build on the success he has created in our men's soccer program was his overriding consideration. Our soccer alumni and student-athletes are certainly the beneficiaries of Kevin's renewed commitment. Kevin has been such a huge contributor to our high performance culture and to our overall athletic excellence. We are ecstatic that he will remain a Bear.'
Over the course of his career, Grimes' Cal teams are 7-7 in NCAA postseason play and have reached at least the second round each of the past six years. Prior to his arrival, the Bears were 0-7 in their NCAA Tournament history. Cal has also finished first or second in the Pac-10 five of the last six seasons, including conference titles in 2006 and '07.
The 2005 season featured Cal's best postseason campaign in school history and the school's highest winning percentage (.738, 14-4-3 record) since 1985 when the Bears reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with postseason wins over Santa Clara and Wake Forest.
Grimes arrived at Cal in 2000 and quickly made his presence felt as the Bears upset both No. 3 Indiana and No. 7 UCLA during the regular season. A year later, Cal reached the NCAA Tournament and the Bears have been fixtures in the postseason ever since.
Grimes came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at SMU for three seasons. He previously spent three seasons (1995-97) as coach of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Pateadores Soccer Club. Grimes also coached the Irvine (Calif.) High School girls' varsity team from 1995-97 and the San Juan (Calif.) Soccer Club from 1993-94.
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Grimes was a stellar high school player, earning Parade All-American and Parade's National Defender of the Year honors as a senior at Rosary High School.
As a collegiate athlete at SMU, Grimes was a two-time first-team All-American and a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award, which is given annually to the best collegiate soccer player. Grimes graduated from SMU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Grimes played with the U.S. National team from 1988-91, acquiring seven full international caps and appearing in more than 50 matches. He went on to play professional soccer for eight years, most recently with the Orange County Zodiac of the A-League in 1997. Grimes spent the early part of 1996 with the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer.
Grimes' coaching credentials also include both the U.S. Soccer Federation 'A' license and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Advanced National license.
Kevin Grimes Cal Coaching Record
Year Postseason W L T2000 None 6 13 12001 NCAA 1st Round 10 9 12002 NCAA Sweet 16 14 6 22003 NCAA 2nd Round 11 9 22004 NCAA 2nd Round 13 4 32005 NCAA Elite Eight 14 4 32006 NCAA Sweet 16 13 6 12007 NCAA 2nd Round 12 6 2Totals 93 57 15