Jeff Grimes is in second year as assistant head coach, running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado, as he joined Dan Hawkins’ staff on February 22, 2007. He assists Hawkins on administrative issues in addition to his on-field coaching duties.
Grimes, 39, came to CU from Brigham Young University, where he coached the offensive line for the 2004 through 2006 seasons. It is a reunion of sorts with several CU assistants, as he was on the 2000 Boise State staff when Hawkins was an assistant. He was the offensive line coach that season, before moving on to Arizona State where he worked the next three years (2001-03) as the O-line coach in addition to serving as running game coordinator. At ASU, he worked closely with current CU offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who spent five years on the Sun Devil staff before joining Hawkins in Boulder last season.
He had his hands full his first year in Boulder, as two true freshmen started the bulk of the games for the first time in CU history. The line matured as the season progressed, as evidenced by allowing only four sacks in the final five games (168 pass plays).
His 2006 BYU linemen were a big part of the Cougars’ Mountain West Conference championship team, which drilled Oregon 38-8 in the Las Vegas Bowl to finish 11-2 for the season. BYU averaged 465.5 yards per game on offense, 323.5 through the air, both figures fourth in the nation, averaged a healthy 141.9 on the ground and allowed just 15 quarterback sacks in 13 games, or just one for every 30.1 passing attempts. The Cougars also boasted a 1,000-yard rusher in Curtis Brown (1,010 yards).
His players achieved great success in his three seasons at Arizona State, and with four of his 2001 seniors drafted into the NFL, it marked just the second time that had been done at any school since the NFL adopted the seven-round draft format in 1993. He then assembled a new offensive line in 2002 that protected the ninth-rated passing offense in the country, the core of the same group that a year later helped Loren Wade break the ASU freshman rushing record and lead the Pac-10 in yards per carry.
In his one season at Boise State, Grimes’ offensive line helped the Broncos lead the nation in scoring offense and accumulate 175 rushing yards per game.
Overall, he brought 14 years of previous coaching experience to Colorado, beginning in 1993 as a high school coach in his native Texas (Riverside in El Paso). After two years as the offensive coordinator and line coach there, he moved on to the college ranks, first working as a graduate assistant at Rice (1995) and then at Texas A&M (1996-97). He coached against the Buffaloes with the Aggies, as the two met in the first two years of existence of the Big 12 Conference.
His first full-time position was serving as offensive line coach at Hardin Simmons, a position he held for two years (1998-99) before moving on to the Division I-A level at Boise State. The Cowboys were 21-2 in his two seasons there, reaching the national semifinals in 1999; HSC was a scoring machine, averaging 39.4 points per game during his tenure, eclipsing 50 on six occasions.
Grimes graduated from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in education after earning four letters as an offensive tackle for the Miners between 1987 and 1990, including three years under former BSU and ASU head coach Dirk Koetter when he was UTEP’s offensive coordinator and two years under current Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. He earned his master’s in education administration from Texas A & M in 1997 while serving as a grad assistant.
He was in training camp with both the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL and the San Antonio Riders of the World Football League before entering coaching.
Grimes was born September 23, 1968 in Garland, Texas, where he graduated Lakeview Centennial High School, lettering in football as a prep. His hobbies include reading, fishing, hiking and participating in church activities. He is married to the former Sheri Hermesmeyer, who was a volleyball player at Texas A & M and is now a physical therapist. They have three children, daughter Bailey (8), and sons Garrison (6) and Greydon (3).
TOP PLAYERS COACHED—All-Pacific 10 Performers (6): Andrew Carnahan, Drew Hodgdon, Levi Jones, Kyle Kosier, Scott Peters, Travis Scott. All-Mountain West (2): Jake Kuresa, Scott Young. All-Big West (1): Matt Hill. NFL Players/Draft Picks (11): Carnahan, Hodgdon, Hill, Jones (the 10th overall pick of the 2002 draft), Eddie Keele, Kosier, Kuresa, Peters, Tyler Polumbus, Scott, Young.
RECORD—He has coached in 98 Division I-A games as a full-time coach, owning a record of 55-43 (6-7 at Colorado, 22-14 at Brigham Young, 17-20 at Arizona State, 10-2 at Boise State); he has coached in five bowl games. He was a part of 36 I-A games as a graduate assistant (Texas A&M, Rice).