Kris Grimes joined the Kentucky Track & Field program as an assitant coach working with jumpers and multi-event
athletes on Head Coach Lonnie Greene's staff in Summer 2018.
“We’re excited to welcome Coach Grimes into our Kentucky
family,” Greene said. “He’s another proven coach who checks all the boxes.
He’s a coach that has a proven track record of developing world-class
athletes, he’s done it at the highest level in our league and he’s committed
to educating great athletes as competitors, but also as quality students and
Grimes recently served on the Texas A&M coaching staff
With a nearly 30-year coaching career, Grimes previously
was an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska.
“I’m grateful to have this opportunity to join Coach
Greene’s staff,” Grimes said. “Having worked in this conference I’ve always
admired the University of Kentucky, from competing at meets on campus to just
seeing the pride that Wildcat athletes and fans take in wearing the UK
colors. We’re so looking forward to getting started.”
While with the Aggie program Grimes earned national and
regional coaching honors. In 2016 he was selected as the National Men’s
Assistant Coach of the Year and in 2014 he was named the South Central region
Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2016 Grimes served as an assistant coach for Grenada
during the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two athletes Grimes
coached at Texas A&M competed in the Rio Olympics, Lindon Victor of
Grenada (decathlon) and Latario Collie of the
Bahamas (triple jump).
While at Texas A&M, athletes coached by Grimes tied or
broke more than 16 school records.
The list of school records included Jena Hemann – pentathlon (4,193), heptathlon (6,022); Annie
Kunz – pentathlon (4,363), heptathlon (6,038); Lindon Victor – heptathlon
(5,776), decathlon (8,446); Audie Wyatt – pole vault (indoor 18-1, outdoor
18-6 ½); Chase Wolfle – pole vault (indoor
18’0.5”/5.49m outdoor 18’6.5”/5.65m) and Latario
Collie – triple jump 56’4.5”/17.18m.
Victor won the NCAA Championship in the decathlon in 2016
and 2017, setting the collegiate decathlon record (8,539 ).
Victor also won the Southeastern Conference Championship in the decathlon
Collie also claimed a NCAA Championship title in the triple
jump in 2016 with a winning mark of 55’8.25”/16.97m. In 2015, he bettered the
SEC Outdoor Championship record in the triple jump with a leap of
56’4.5”/17.18m and then finished second in the NCAA Championship.
Grimes’ athletes earned more than 35 All-America honors
earned by 14 athletes from the event areas during his tenure at Texas
A&M. Currently, the group attained 16 first-team All-America accolades
from eight athletes as scorers in the NCAA Championships. In addition, the
event group has produced 12 second-team All-America honors and five honorable
Grimes coached at Nebraska for eight seasons as the
Cornhuskers combined events and pole vault coach. He hit his stride at NU
over the five seasons by sending 27 athletes to the NCAA Championships and
coaching athletes to two Big Ten titles, 13 Big 12 crowns and 15 All-America
honors. Overall in those eight years, Grimes coached athletes to one national
title, 23 All-America honors and 21 conference titles.
Grimes coached two athletes to the NCAA Outdoor
Championships as Teran Walford
represented the Huskers in the decathlon and Anne Martin competed for NU in
the heptathlon. Both earned honorable-mention All-America accolades, while
Martin was honored with the NCAA Elite 89 Award for being the female athlete
at the outdoor championships with the highest GPA. Grimes also led both Walford and Martin to runner-up finishes at the 2013 Big
Ten Outdoor Championships in the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon,
respectively. Both athletes recorded personal-best totals during the 2013
season. He also helped coach freshman Maggie Malone to a stellar outdoor
season competing in the javelin. She finished third in the event at the Big
Ten Championships and went on to notch a 10-place finish at the national
meet, earning second-team All-America honors.
Under Grimes' leadership in 2012, Bjorn Barrefors
earned two first-team All-America honors, the 2012 Big Ten Men's Decathlon
title and broke the Nebraska school record for the decathlon with 7,897
points at the Big Ten Conference Championships. Barrefors'
also finished second in the heptathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor
Championships. He continued to lead Nebraska academically as he earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for a fourth
In eight years at Nebraska, athletes that Grimes coached
earned 14 Academic All-America awards and two Cornhuskers recorded the
highest GPA among athletes competing at the NCAA Championships, one claiming
the Elite 88 award and another earning the Elite 89 award.
In addition to Barrefors' success
in 2012, Grimes also guided the Husker pole vaulters to another successful
season. Breanna Bussel earned the 2012 Big Ten
Indoor Championship pole vault title, while moving on to earn
honorable-mention All-America accolades at the 2012 NCAA Indoor
Championships. Nate Polacek finished third in the
pole vault at the indoor conference championships, moving on to garner
second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Former Husker combined eventer Chantae McMillan left her
mark on the international stage in 2012, competing for the United States at
the 2012 London Olympics. McMillan, who was a five-time All-American and
school record holder at 6,003 points at
Grimes led NU's combined eventers to another stellar season
in 2011, as three athletes garnered four All-America accolades. Chantae
McMillan once again swept the women's events at the conference level, earning
her second-straight pentathlon and heptathlon titles. Her win at the
conference outdoor meet extended the Huskers' streak to seven years. She went
on to tally her fourth All-America award by finishing second in the
pentathlon at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. Natalie Willer
was also a standout for the Huskers in 2011, as she became a three-time
All-American pole vaulter, with solid performances at both the NCAA Indoor
and Outdoor Championships. Willer also swept the
Big 12 women's pole vault titles, notching top finishes during both the
indoor and outdoor championships. In addition, Grimes coached Nate Polacek to his first All-America honor with a
fourth-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Huskers combined eventers showed their dominance at the
conference meet in 2010, as McMillan swept the women's events. McMillan
became the second straight Husker to sweep the pentathlon and heptathlon,
after Megan Wheatley achieved the feat in 2009. McMillan also extended the
Huskers' winning streak in the heptathlon to six years at the conference
outdoor meet. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, McMillan earned her third
career All-America honor with her first career award in the heptathlon, while
Willer became an All-America pole vaulter for the
first time in her career.
The 2009 season was arguably Grimes' most successful year
at NU, as six of his athletes qualified in 11 events at the NCAA
Championships, including four athletes who qualified for both the indoor and
outdoor national meets.
Grimes' squads were well represented at the 2009 NCAA
Indoor Championships, as four of the five athletes he sent to the meet came
home with five All-America honors, including McMillan, who earned All-America
honors in the pentathlon and long jump. McMillan was joined by Wheatley
(pentathlon), Seth Burney (pole vault) and Barrefors
(decathlon). Just a freshman, Barrefors had a breakout
year by setting the school record in the heptathlon at the national meet with
a third-place score of 5,795. For his success Grimes was named Midwest Region
Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Outdoors, Grimes' athletes earned two more All-America
honors with Burney in the pole vault and Barrefors
in the decathlon.
At the conference level, the Huskers continued to dominate
the women's heptathlon with a Husker capturing the league crown at the Big 12
Outdoor Championships. Wheatley, who also won the indoor pentathlon crown,
won the title for the second straight year after Ashley Selig won titles in
2005 and 2007, with Sara Jane Baker also winning in 2006.
Along with Wheatley's two conference titles in 2009, the
Husker pole vaulters excelled under Grimes. They won three of the four
conference titles. Willer swept the women's crowns,
while Burney won his first Big 12 title at the outdoor meet.
As a sophomore in 2009, Willer
thrived under Grimes by breaking seven pole vault records, including NU's
indoor and outdoor records. A native of Elkhorn, Neb., Willer
also broke the American Junior record (14’4.5”/4.38m) and won the Pan-Am
Junior Championships with a meet-record vault of 14’1.25”/4.29m.
In 2008, Grimes produced five NCAA qualifiers for the
outdoor championships, while Wheatley produced the program's fourth straight
heptathlon championship at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Boulder, Colo.
Grimes sent eight athletes to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor
Championships, including Brysun Stately, the
nation's top-ranked competitor in the women's pole vault, and Selig, who
earned her fifth All-America finish at the meet.
Stately became only the third Husker women's All-American
in the pole vault with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Later in the year she shattered the then-outdoor school record with a mark of
14’3.25”/4.34m during the Kansas Relays.
Selig became the first athlete in Big 12 history with four
conference crowns in the combined events. Teammate Jenny Green, who joined
Stately competing for NCAA honors in the women's pole vault, earned the same
distinction with her fourth Big 12 victory in the vault.
While the Husker women's pole vault and combined events
groups flourished, his men's athletes also showed tremendous success at both
the national and conference levels. With the addition of men's decathletes
Lee Martin and Skyler Reising, NU led all NCAA
squads with four total men's and women's entries in the combined events at
the national meet in 2007.
Overall, five Husker combined event athletes and three NU
vaulters advanced to either the NCAA indoor or outdoor meets in Grimes'
Grimes experienced an incredibly successful first season at
Nebraska in 2006 after joining the Huskers in the fall of 2005. His athletes
combined to earn five All-America honors in his first year while helping the
men's and women's squads place among the top 20 at both NCAA Indoor and
Grimes brought a wealth of recruiting and coaching
experience on the NCAA Division I level with him to Nebraska. He previously
served seven seasons as a Washington State assistant and was in charge of the
men's and women's vertical and horizontal jumps. While with WSU, Grimes
tutored pole vaulters Tamara Diles and Tyson Byers
to NCAA All-America careers. Matt Mason set an indoor school record of 26-6
1/4 on his way to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA indoor meet in 2004, and
Demetrius Murray claimed a silver medal in the triple jump at the 2000 NCAA
Prior to his post with WSU, Grimes served as interim head
women's track coach at Michigan State in 1996, before being named the
Spartans' interim Director of Women's Track and Field and Cross Country. He
remained in his interim post with MSU until 1998, when he was hired by
Washington State. In his first season with the Spartans, Grimes coached an
NCAA champion and three All-Americans.
Born in Austin, TX, Grimes moved with his family to
Missouri and graduated from Jefferson City High School. He was a three-time
NCAA Division II All-America pole vaulter at Abilene Christian University,
Grimes was a key contributor on four Division II national championship teams.
After exhausting his eligibility, he served as an assistant coach for the
Wildcats in 1989. Grimes later coached in a graduate assistant role at
Missouri from 1990 to 1991. Between his time at Missouri and Michigan State,
he spent five years (1992-96) as an assistant in charge of jumps and combined
events at Louisiana-Monroe.
Grimes has been an instructor for both USATF and the US
Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association coaching education
Grimes received his master's degree in education with
concentrations in sport psychology/biomechanics from Missouri in 1992 and his
bachelor's in education from Abilene Christian in 1989, concentrating on
psychology/physical education. He is married to Tami Micham
Grimes, a former distance runner and record holder at ULM and an All-Big
Eight cross country runner at Missouri. They have two sons, KJ and Jack, and
a daughter, Scout.
Doug Edgar is entering his eighth season as the head track
and field coach at Indiana Tech and 10th year overall with the program. He
started with the Warriors as an assistant coach during the 2008 campaign and
took over the head coaching responsibilities for the 2010-11 season.
During his tenure at Tech he has led the both programs to new heights with 10
NAIA National Championships between the two teams, and coached the first NAIA
National Championship team in the history of Indiana Tech. He has guided the
men's team to four straight indoor championships (2014-17) and three outdoor
titles (2013, 2014, 2016) while the women's team has won the outdoor title
twice (2013, 2014) and captured their first indoor title in 2017. Since the
2012-13 season, neither team has finished worse than fourth at any national
championship. He has been named the NAIA Coach of the Year 10 times while the
men's cross country and track and field program has been honored by the U.S.
Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the NAIA
Program of the Year for three consecutive seasons dating back to the 2015-16
The Warriors have also been the class of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic
Conference (WHAC) with 12 men's titles (six indoor, six outdoor) and 14
women's titles (eight indoor, six outdoor) since Edgar took over as head
coach. The men haven't lost a conference championship since the 2012-13
season, while the women's have won eight straight indoor titles dating back
to the 2011 campaign. The women's team won five consecutive outdoor titles
from 2011-2015. He has garnered WHAC Coach of the Year honors 26 times across
both teams and seasons.
While at Tech, he has coached 551 All-Americans (273 Indoor, 278 Outdoor)
between the two programs while 711 athletes have garnered All-Conference
accolades (299 Indoor, 412 Outdoor) under his guidance.
Coach Edgar is USATF level 2 certified in the sprints, hurdles, relays and
jumps. In 2012 he was named an Emerging Elite Coach by USA Track and Field
(USATF). This distinction gained him a scholarship to a week-long camp at the
USA Olympic Training center in Chula Vista, California. Edgar also has a
sprints, hurdles and relays certificate from the U.S. Track and Field and
Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Before coming to Indiana Tech, Edgar started his coaching career at Concordia
Lutheran High School. He spent the next three seasons at Muncie South High
School as the cross country and track coach. While at Muncie South he helped
guide the Rebels to the first regional cross country championship in school
history. Additionally, on the track he helped lead his team to back-to-back
sectional championships for the first time in school history. During his time
at Muncie South he coached state qualifiers in the 4x200, 4x400, 55 meter
dash, 100 meter dash, high jump and long jump.
In his athletic career, Edgar was a three-time All-State runner at Concordia
Lutheran High School. He still owns the school record as part of the sprint
medley and 4x400 relay teams. Edgar was also a two-time qualifier as part of
the 3200 meter relay team. He went on to attend Anderson University (Ind.)
where he was a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion as
part of the 4x400 meter relay and individually was runner-up in the open 400.
Edgar currently lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Samantha, and their four
children, daughters Addyson and Elodie, and sons Bohden and Ezekiel
E. Shane Lee
E. Shane Lee is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He
is also a Track Coach, counselor and mentor with various organizations
throughout Indiana. E. Shane Lee also presently on the Women’s Track &
Field Coaching staff at Brebeuf Jesuit High School
located in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Brebeuf
Jesuit, he specializes in coaching Sprints, Middle Distance, Hurdles, 4 x
100m, 4 x 200m, 4 x 400m, Long Jump. He also spent 4 seasons as assistant
Women’s Track coach at North Central High. Prior to living in Indianapolis,
he was doing a lot of private coaching, he was the Head Lady’s Track &
Field Coach at Hallandale High School located in Hallandale Beach, FL. He has
been teaching and educating Track & Field athletes for about 18 years and
has helped to develop athletes to win on the High School, College, &
Professional levels. During his noteworthy career, he helped coach Hallandale
High School, Fort Lauderdale High School, North Central High School, Brebeuf Jesuit High School Boys & Girls Track &
Field teams to win 4 BCAA County Championships, 2 Sectional Titles, 3 District/Regional
Titles, 3 Regional Titles, 1 State Runners up, and 5 State Championship. Over
the years E. Shane Lee has helped produce many State Qualifiers in the 100m,
100m Hurdles, 200m, 300m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, Long & Triple Jumps, 4x100m
and 4x400 relays. He is a member of The United States Track & Field
Association, United States Track & Field Board Member (Indiana), National
Federal of State High School Associations for Track & Field / Cross
Country, a Certified United States Track & Field Coach – Level 1 USATF, a
Certified Personal Trainer, and is the owner of a Track & Field Company
named The E. Shane Lee Company, Inc. that handles athletic training/coaching,
athletic management, Track & Field Program Development, and Track &
Field Workout Development. E. Shane Lee is a published author of the book
titled: Fundamentals of Sprinting: “A Guide for the High School Sprinter.”
Coach Steve Silvey
Assistant Track & Field Coach
A veteran at the national and international level for over 30 years,
Steve Silvey has coached 28 collegiate
national champion squads, numerous All-Americans, 17 Olympic Medalists and 20 World Championships Medalists at
several of the nation’s most prestigious programs.
Coach Silvey was inducted as a coach into the National
Junior College Hall of Fame (2005) has a unique quality of having won
19 team championships in the SEC, Big-12 and PAC-10 conferences.
Individually, his resume boasts 26
World Championship competitors, 35 Olympians and numerous NJCAA &
Coach Steve Silvey has achieved a rare feat in
the sport of Track and Field after having coached three athletes that have
run under 48.00 seconds for the 400 Meter Hurdles. One of these athletes
became a World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, the other one earned an
Olympic Bronze Medal, and the last one became a USA Olympian!
Silvey has coached several outstanding hurdlers in
his first few seasons in Starkville, including 2015 SEC 400m hurdles champion
Scottie Hearn and two-time All-SEC hurdler Jovan Davis.
During the 2018 Season, three of Silvey’s 400
meter hurdlers qualified for the NCAA Championships
(Charles Brockman 50.36, Malcum Tatum 50.62 and
Rasheed Tatham 50.72) Vince Castillo PB 50.74 missed by one spot (13th)
of being the fourth 400-meter hurdler. All Athletes Return for the 2019
season. All of these athletes are an
important component of the Bulldog’s 1,600 meter Relay. Vince Castillo has
clocked 45.6 at the NCAA Nationals and Rasheed Tathum
has clocked 45.5 at the NCAA Regionals
During the 2015, Hearn won the SEC title with a 49.39 mark that tied the
school record. Davis ran 50.14, the fourth-fastest time ever by a
Bulldog, while also clocking a 13.99 in the 110m hurdles to cap the year as
the SEC's top combination hurdler.
The duo also earned All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay after helping
the Bulldogs take third at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene,
Three of MSU's Top 6 fastest times in the 400m hurdles and two of the Top 7
in the 110m hurdles have come under Silvey's watch.
He added a pair this season with Ro'Derick Spears
(13.99) in the 110m hurdles and Vince Castillo (50.74) in the 400m hurdles.
Castillo earned All-SEC laurels as a freshman after finishing seventh in the
event. He followed that by posting the school's sixth-fastest time in the
event at the NCAA East Regional Championship.
At the international level, Coach Silvey served as
the Zambia Olympic Coach for Track and
Field in the 1992 and 1996 Olympiads, and produced its first ever Olympic
medal in the sport of track and field with Samuel Matete
in the 400 hurdles (silver medal). Silvey
also served as the head coach for Zambia at the 1993 World Championships in
Stuttgart, Germany as Samuel Matete again won the
World Championship Silver Medal.
Silvey served as Recruiting Coordinator and
Assistant Track Coach for Texas Tech University from 2004 to
2007. While with the Red Raiders, Silvey Helped
lead the 2005 men’s outdoor team to its first ever Big12 Conference
Championship. Silvey’s sprinters, hurdlers and
relays scored over 100 of the 149.50 points that won the school's first ever
Big-12 championship. The 2007 men’s outdoor track team also finished as Big
12 runner-up. Silvey’s impact on Texas Tech
resulted in nine new school records during his three years with the
While at the University of Oregon from 2001-2003, Silvey
made a quick impact on a struggling program. During Silvey’s
first year, the men’s team jumped from fifth place to second place at
the 2002 PAC-10 Outdoor championships. In his final season with the Ducks,
the men’s team claimed the 2003 PAC-10 Championship, an accomplishment not
seen in 12 years. Silvey’s two solid recruiting
classes also produced another PAC-10 Conference Championship in 2005.
Prior to his arrival in Eugene, Silvey built his
reputation at two of the nation's top track and field programs, the
University of Arkansas and Blinn College. While at
those schools, he was a part of 28 NCAA national team championships,
including a stretch of 13 straight years before leaving the Razorbacks after
the 2000 outdoor campaign.
As the Sprints/Hurdles/Relays mentor at the University of Arkansas
from the fall of 1994 through the 2000 outdoor season, he was part of 13 NCAA
indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country team titles and 17 SEC
team championships. His athletes won 15 All-American honors (including
one NCAA champion and three NCAA runner-ups) and 13 outdoor track and field
SEC individual titles. The 2000 season was perhaps the finest by his
athletes, who posted one of the nation's top times in the 4X100-meter relay
(39.27), a collegiate record in the sprint medley relay (3:12.13), took
second in the NCAA 4x400-meter final (3:02.02) and won the prestigious Penn
Relays. His team's shuttle relay owned the fastest time in the world that
season (55.37), which included DeMarcus Brown, who was an All-American in the
110 hurdles and owned a collegiate best of 13.72. Brown was one of three Hogs
that ran 13.75 or faster that year under his guidance, while All-American 400-meter
hurdler Samuel Glover owned a best of 49.08.
Prior to arriving in Fayetteville, he was five-time national coach of the
year at Blinn Junior College, where his squads won
15 national Championships in seven years. At the Brenham, Texas institution, Silvey produced 164 All-Americans, 128 individual
national champions and 27 relay champions. His cross country program added a
national championship 1993 and another in 1994. Silvey’s
1992 and 1993 Blinn College teams was voted the
“Outstanding Team” at the Texas Relays, and the 1992 team won the crown of
“USA Men’s National Relay Ranking Champions,” according to Track & Field
News. In 1993, Silvey’s Blinn
Squad was selected as the “National Dual Meet Champions” by Track and Field
News after defeating the University of Texas in Austin.
Prior to Silvey’s stint at Blinn
College, Silvey served as Men’s & Women’s
Assistant Track and Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Texas A&M
University from 1984-1987.
Silvey’s three recruiting classes held to
put Texas A&M University among the top six NCAA men’s squads twice during
his stay. His third recruiting class allowed the Aggies to finish second in
the NCAA Championships to LSU. Silvey’s
star-studded recruiting classes at Texas A&M included 200 Meter
Olympian Floyd Heard, 1993 world 100 meter silver medalist and NCAA Champion,
Andre Cason, World Junior 200 Meter Champion, Stanley Kerr, World Junior 100
Meter Champion Derrick Florence, 1992 Olympic Shot Put Champion Mike Stulce and Randy Barnes 1996 Olympic Shot Put Champion
and World Record Holder at 75-10.
Silvey Has spent two different stints
coaching high school in Iowa, Louisiana and Houston and Dallas, Texas over
eight years. A 1980 graduate of
Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo) with a bachelor’s degree in
Environmental Science education.
Silvey later added a master’s degree in
Kinesiology at Texas A&M University in 1987.
to college coaching in the fall of 2013 at Mississippi State University, Silvey spent five years in private Business in Dallas,
Texas. During this time, Silvey published 19 books on All Sports Speed Training,
Track & Field and Football Speed Development Training. Silvey also
conducted numerous speed and hurdle camps for high school students and put on
numerous track and field seminars.