COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M track and field head coach Pat Henry, who won his seventh NCAA title at Texas A&M earlier in 2013, has hired Kris Grimes as an assistant coach for the Aggie track and field program. Grimes previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska and he will work with the multi-event student-athletes as well as the jumpers at Texas A&M.
“Kris will be a great addition to our staff here at Texas A&M,” Henry, who has won 34 overall NCAA titles in his career, said. “He has been tremendously successful on the Division I level and has qualified a number of student-athletes for the NCAA Championships. We are excited to have Kris and his family join our Aggie family.”
Grimes coached eight years at Nebraska working with the combined events as well as serving as the pole vault coach. His crew has compiled 23 All-America Awards at Nebraska and he has had three individual NCAA Champions.
“Coach Henry has had so much success through the years and I was delighted, humbled and grateful to receive a phone call from him about this position,” Grimes said. “My family and I are excited about being a part of the Aggie program.”
The past five years, he has sent 27 athletes to the NCAA Championships while two of his athletes have won Big 10 titles, 13 Big 12 championships and 15 All-America honors.
In 2013, two of his athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships with one in decathlon and Anne Martin competed in the heptathlon and was honored with the NCAA Elite 89 Award for being the female athlete at the outdoor championships with the highest grade-point.
A former Husker combined eventer, Chantae McMillan, competed for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Grimes was named the 2009 Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year when he had six athletes qualify in 11 events at the NCAA Championships, including four who qualified for both the indoor and outdoor championships. Grimes was also the 2008 Midwest Region Women’s Co-Assistant Coach of the Year, the 2007 Midwest Region Jumps/Combined Events Coach of the Year and was the 2005 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Grimes served as an assistant coach at Washington State working with the jumps and pole vault, as well as areas of academic and overall development and recruitment.
From 1996-98, Grimes worked at Michigan State and tutored an NCAA champion and three All-Americans and he served as the interim director of Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country.
From 1992-96, Grimes worked at the University of Louisiana-Monroe as an assistant.
Grimes earned his master’s degree in education with a concentration in sports psychology/biomechanics from the University of Missouri in 1990-91 while serving as a graduate assistant coach.
Grimes began his coaching career at his alma mater, Abilene Christian, working with the pole vaulters in 1989 as he earned his bachelor’s degree in education.
A three-time NCAA Division II All-America pole vaulter at ACU, Grimes was a key contributor on four Division II national championship teams.
Grimes is married and his wife’s name is Tami, a former distance runner at ULM and Missouri. The couple has three children, two sons and a daughter.
Grimes replaced Jim VanHootegem who was hired as the head track and field coach at the University of Oklahoma.