Coastal Carolina's men's and women's throwers have achieved great success under the guidance of Jacquie Grimes. As Grimes enters her eleventh season as an Associate Head Coach, her athletes continue to achieve success at the regional and national levels. In addition to working with the throwers, Grimes also works with the multi-event athletes.
During her first ten seasons at Coastal, she helped guide the Lady Chanticleers to Big South Outdoor Track and Field titles in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014 as well as the Big South Indoor titles in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014. Grimes has coached one All-East Region performer, 3 NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers, 13 NCAA East Regional Qualifiers, 10 Conference Champions and 54 All-Conference performers. In 2008, Brittany Connor qualified for USATF Junior National meet in the hammer throw. Deborah Mattern set a new Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference record in the javelin throw in 2011 at the Seminole Invitational with a mark of 46.03m (151'00") and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary round. In 2012, Shantelle Patterson qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary round in the hammer, as well as, Danielle England in the javelin.
Grimes also helped Coastal's men's team to the 2006 Big South Outdoor title. She has coached one All-American, one 2nd team All-American, three Junior All-Americans, three All-East Region performers, 5 NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers, 14 NCAA East Regional Qualifiers, 8 Big South Individual Champions and 23 All-Conference performers. In 2006, Grimes coached Thomas Jordan to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship meet, which earned him All-America status. Also that same year, Thomas Jordan and Kyle Hoddy represented Coastal at USATF National Championship meet in the javelin. In 2009, Mark Manno (hammer), Jason Jensen (hammer) and Jason Flanagan (javelin) qualified for the USATF Junior National meet in Eugene, OR. Manno and Jensen both earned Junior All-American status, in the hammer throw, by finishing 4th and 6th in their event. In 2012, Jason Flanagan set a new Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference record in the javelin with a mark of 73.01m (239'6"). He qualified for the NCAA Championship and earned 2nd team All-American in the javelin and earned the prestigious honor to compete at the 2012 Olympic Trails in Eugene, OR. In that same year, Ryan Minor qualified for the USATF Junior National meet in Des Moines, IA in the hammer. In 2013, Jordan Entwistle qualified for the USATF Junior Nation meet in Des Moines, IA and finished 2nd overall earning Junior All-American status.
Grimes arrived to Coastal from UNC Wilmington where she was the assistant track and field coach from 1997-2003. She helped the Seahawk men's team to six consecutive CAA titles from 1998-2003. In 2000, Grimes took over as the Interim Head Coach and was named the CAA Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year after winning the Men's Conference title. While at UNCW, Grimes coached two indoor NCAA provisional qualifiers, four outdoor NCAA Regional qualifiers, 33 CAA Champions and 134 All-Conference selections. She also served as the strength coordinator for the sprinters, jumpers and throwers.
Before her time at UNCW, Grimes spent one year as a graduate assistant and one year as a student assistant at Troy State University, her alma mater. She coached five conference champions and seven All-Conference athletes.
Grimes earned her bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Troy State University in 1996. She was a member of the Trojan track and field team from 1993-95. Prior to heading Troy State, Grimes attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. and was a two-sport athlete, participating on the track and field team and basketball for two seasons.
Grimes currently resides in Myrtle Beach.