Grimes Hired As Assistant Softball Coach
July 20, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Katie Grimes, a former assistant coach at Boston University and standout catcher at Hawaii, has been named to new head coach Shawn Rychcik's softball staff at NC State, Rychcik announced on Friday.
Grimes spent two seasons with Rychcik with the Terriers, one as a volunteer assistant and the second as a fulltime coach. While in Boston, Grimes worked with the team's pitchers, outfielders and hitters; served as the first base coach; and handled recruiting, scouting and summer camps.
She will handle similar duties with the Wolfpack.
A native of Tampa, Grimes played collegiate softball at Hawaii from 2007-10 and was a four-year starter at catcher. Grimes helped lead Hawaii to a pair of Western Athletics Conference titles, two NCAA regional championships (2007, '10) and the school's first-ever berth in the College World Series (2010).
She was named the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2007 and to the WAC All-Tournament team in 2010. As a senior, she had a career-high .282 batting average, with five doubles, 11 home runs, 41 RBIs and a .497 slugging percentage.
"Katie has a tremendous rapport with the players," Rychcik said. "She was a player not long ago, but I sense in her a great maturity that I seldom see in young coaches. She wants to be a winner and help build a winner.
"She went to the World Series as a player and that is where we want to take the program."
Grimes earned WAC All-Academic honors in each of her four seasons. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 2010 and added a master's of education degree in counseling, sport psychology, from Boston University in 2012.
"She was a catcher, so she could always see the whole field," Rychcik said. "It was part of her job to be a coach on the field. She's done a good job of thinking like a player and making the transition to coaching.
"She played at a high level and has great experience winning. She will be a great instructor for our hitters. We are going to continue looking for someone to work with our pitchers. We hope to complete the staff as quickly as possible."
Grimes immediately began her duties by hitting the recruiting trail this weekend. Rychcik, hired two weeks ago to lead the Wolfpack softball program after a successful eight-year tenure at Boston University, is also out of town recruiting and interviewing candidates for his other full-time coaching position, which he hopes to fill within the next two weeks.