A veteran of 27 years in the coaching rofession, the last 25 of which have come at the collegiate level, Grimes has been associated with teams that have won five conference championships and gone to 14 post-season bowl games.
Prior to making the move to East Carolina, Grimes served as the offensive line coach under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M for five seasons, 1998-2002. During his time in College Station, A&M posted a 40-22 overall record. Those teams ended their seasons in the 1999 Sugar Bowl as champions of the Big XII, the '99 Alamo Bowl, the 2000 Independence Bowl (vs. Mississippi State), and the '01 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl.
Immediately prior to joining the A&M staff, Grimes coached five seasons at Virginia Tech, 1993-97. As the offensive line coach for head coach Frank Beamer at Tech, he helped the Hokies to a composite 44-16 overall record. Grimes helped lead the Gobblers to season-ending berths in the '93 Independence Bowl, the '94 and '98 Gator Bowls, the '95 Sugar Bowl, and the '96 Orange Bowl. The 1995 and '96 teams won back-to-back Big East championships.
Grimes served as offensive line coach at his home-state institution, Arkansas, on two different occasions. He was with Razorbacks from 1989-92, working under three different head coaches. He helped head coach Ken Hatfield's final Arkansas team to a 10-2 overall record and a berth in the '90 Cotton Bowl as Southwest Conference champions. Two seasons later, he assisted Jack Crowe's second and final UA team to an Independence Bowl invitation. He earlier had worked at Arkansas under Lou Holtz from 1981-82 as first a graduate assistant, and then the offensive line instructor. Those two teams posted a 17-6-1 record and landed in the Gator and Bluebonnet Bowls, respectively.
He served two terms as the offensive line coach at Northeast Louisiana, from 1979-80 and again from 1985-88. With Grimes as the offensive line coach, NLU won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship. He worked one-year stints at Delta (Miss.) State and Missouri in 1983 and '84, respectively. Grimes began his coaching career with two seasons on the Arkansas high school level.
A four-year letterman as an offensive guard at Henderson (Ark.) State, he helped his team to a 40-6 record during that time. Grimes helped lead his '74 Henderson State team to a berth in the NAIA championship game. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Henderson State in 1977 and received his master's in education from Northeast Louisiana.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., John Bryan Grimes grew up in Clarendon, Ark. He is married to the former Jennifer Graves, and the couple has four children.