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Chynna Grimes joins UH Coaching Staff
POSTED: August 17, 2023 -- 10:38 a.m. CT
Houston Cougars women's basketball head coach Ronald Hughey added Chynna Grimes as an assistant coach on Thursday for the Cougars' inaugural Big 12 Conference season.
Houston is Grimes' fifth stop as an assistant coach after a single-season stop at New Mexico State, four years at Gardner-Webb, three at UT Tyler and two at Ole Miss.
Grimes made a name for herself as a player at Wichita State under former Wichita State head coach and now New Mexico State head coach Jody Adams-Birch's tenure as the Shockers' leader. She helped lead the program to new heights as she was a part of Wichita State's first top-40 recruiting class and donned a WSU jersey for four years (2009-13).
Prior to her time in Las Cruces, N.M., Grimes spent four years at Gardner-Webb where the Runnin' Bulldogs totaled 61 wins with Grimes helping lead the 2021-22 squad to the semifinals of the Big South Tournament.
Grimes spent three seasons with UT Tyler before her time at Gardner-Webb, where she helped lead the Patriots to an impressive 67-18 record during that span, including a 30-2 record and a trip to the NCAA Division III Elite 8 in 2015-16.
Grimes opened her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss in 2013 after establishing an impressive career as a player at Wichita State. At Ole Miss, she assisted in numerous areas, which included post player development, scouting reports, stat keeping, and the oversight of student managers.
As a student-athlete, Grimes led the Shockers to their first-ever Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles while also making an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and helping WSU collect its first win in the WNIT in program history.
In addition to leading the Shockers in rebounds per game in 2011-12, Grimes remains tied for fourth in Wichita State program history in games played at 130. She was also the Shockers' captain in her senior season.
Grimes graduated from Wichita State in 2013 with a degree in sports management. She then completed her master's degree in 2015 at Ole Miss in sociology and earned her MBA from Gardner-Webb in 2020.
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