Coach Mike Russell is excited to welcome Zuleika Grinsell as the newest addition to Lady Badger’s coaching staff. Grinsell will replace Rachel Morris, who is leaving coaching after just one season with the Badgers, to pursue other interests.
“I’ve known Zu (pronounced: Zoo) for a number of years and I’m confident in her abilities to come in and make an immediate impact on our program,” Russell said. “She’s super efficient, very organized, and she pays a lot of attention to detail, which is definitely the way we try to do things here. I’m excited for the chance to work with Zu and have her be part of our program.”
Zu comes to Snow by way of Bonneville High School (Ogden, Utah), where she’s spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach to Russell’s longtime friend and former assistant coach, Tyler Dunyon. During her time with Bonneville she was instrumental in helping the Lady Lakers win back-to-back Region 11 Championships in 2018 and 2019, and advance deep into the state tournament.
Grinsell, originally from Spring Creek, Nev., began her college playing career at the College of Southern Idaho in 2012. During her time at CSI, she helped the Golden Eagles claim back-to-back, regular-season SWAC Championships as well as two Region 18 Titles, which also meant two trips to the NJCAA National Tournament (2013, 2014). In high school, Grinsell was a two-sport athlete at Spring Creek High School, where she earned four letters in basketball and three in softball. She led her basketball team to three state championships and one state runner-up. As a senior, she was crowned player of the game for her performance in the state championship. On the softball field, she helped her team to a league championship in 2010.
After graduating from CSI, Grinsell continued her education at Weber State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2016 with an emphasis in Physical Education/Coaching. Subsequently, she received a Master’s Degree in Sports Performance and Conditioning from Southern Utah University in 2018.