Xavier head women’s basketball coach Melanie Moore has named Mary Grimes as an assistant coach. Grimes joins the Musketeers after two seasons at LeMoyne College.
“Mary is a builder and has brought major success to every program she has touched,” said Moore. “I had the privilege of coaching her during her senior year at Siena and so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with her again at Xavier. She has a huge heart and believes in developing young women on and off the court.”
Last season at LeMoyne, Grimes helped the Dolphins capture their first ever conference title and advance all the way to the NCAA DII East Regional – another program first. All told, LeMoyne posted a 43-17 overall record with Grimes on the bench.
Prior to LeMoyne, Grimes was an assistant coach at the University of Albany from 2010-16 where she helped the Great Danes win five conference titles and participate in five NCAA Tournaments. Albany posted a 146-47 overall record with Grimes as an assistant coach.
She also coached two of the top-three scorers in Albany history, Imani Tate and Ebone Henry, and the program’s all-time leading rebounder in Julie Foster. Tate was a two-time all-conference player and Henry was the 2013 America East Co-Player of the Year.
Grimes also has assistant coaching stops at Syracuse (2005-10) and LeMoyne (2003-05). She assisted in helping Syracuse advance to three postseason tournaments including one NCAA Tournament berth.
Grimes played collegiately at Siena College from 1999-03 where she helped the Saints capture four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles. The Saints made three postseason appearances highlighted by the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Grimes graduated from Siena College in 2003 with a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing and management.