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Kevin Grimes (soccer)

Kevin Grimes
Personal information
Full nameKevin Grimes
Date of birth (1967-10-09) October 9, 1967 (age 46)
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
1983-1990Scott Gallagher
1986-1989Southern Methodist University
Senior career*
1990Colorado Foxes
1992Miami Freedom1(0)
1993-1994Los Angeles Salsa
1995Raleigh Flyers
1996San Jose Clash0(0)
1997Orange County Zodiac16(0)
National team
1983U.S. U-16
1988United States5(0)
Teams managed
1995-1997Irvine High School
1997-1999Southern Methodist University (assistant)
2000-University of California
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Grimes (born 9 October 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former U.S. soccer defender who played five seasons in the American Professional Soccer League, two in the USISL and one each in Iceland and Major League Soccer. He also earned five caps with the U.S. national team in 1988.



Grimes grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he played youth soccer with the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. In 1984, he won the McGuire Cup National Championship with Gallagher. He also attended Rosary High School where he was both a 1986 Parade Magazine All American and National Defender of the Year his senior year. After high school, Grimes attended Southern Methodist University from 1986-1989. He was a 1988 and 1989 NSCAA first team All-American.[1][2] He was also a Herman Award(National Player of the Year) finalist in both his junior and senior year at SMU. His senior year, he was third in the voting. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.


Grimes signed with the A-League He was named an A-League All Star in 1997 and started for the Western Conference in the A-League All Star game in Rochester, NY. Despite this success, he decided to retire from playing professionally and enter coaching full-time.

National team

Grimes first played for the U.S. as the captain of the U-16 U.S. National Youth Team in 1983. The U.S. qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The tournament was originally scheduled for 1984, but was delayed a year. With the delay, Grimes and several of his team mates, were now too old to participate in the first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup. Grimes also was a member of the U-18 and U-20 U.S. National Teams.

While at SMU, Lothar Osiander called Grimes into the senior national team camp. Grimes earned his first caps with the U.S. national team in a 1-0 win over Guatemala on January 10, 1988. He went on to play five games with the national team, the last coming in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.


In 1993, Grimes began coaching youth soccer with the San Juan Soccer Club while a member of the Los Angeles Salsa. In 1995, he began coaching the Irvine High School girls soccer team as well as the Mission Viejo Pateadores Soccer Club during his off season. In his two seasons with Irvine High School, he compiled a 23-13-13 record. In 1997, he decided to retire from playing and commit to a coaching career when he was offered a position as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University. He remained at SMU through the 1999 season. On April 25, 2000, University of California hired Grimes as its head coach.[7] In the years since then, he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Cal has won the Pac-10 Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2010. The have also advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 in 2005 and 2010. In 2010, they lost in PK's to Akron, who ending up winning the NCAA College Cup.


External links

  • Cal coaches profile

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