Skyhawk Rifle | Justin Grinolds - Head Coach
A Skyhawk rifle alum, Justin Grinolds enters his second year as head coach of the UT Martin rifle program.
After serving as an assistant coach for his alma mater since 2011, Grinolds took over for former head coach Bob Beard in August of 2014. In his debut season leading the Skyhawk rifle program, the team continued its success on and off the range. On the shooting range Grinolds had helped lead five athletes earn All-OVC honors and 14 members of the team earned Academic All-American status from the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association.
During his first season he guided UT Martin’s to its third All-American in school history, with then sophomore Dacotah Faught earning second-team All-American status in smallbore from the National Rifle Association.
The 2014-15 season saw the team finish the season ranked 13th in the NCAA rankings, and placed third overall at the Ohio Valley Conference rifle championships hosted at Jacksonville State. Individually Grinolds guided the team to record highs including Faught, who fired a school-record 585 on at conference rival Murray State on Jan. 11. Grinolds helped coach Faught to her second-consecutive NCAA Rifle Championship appearance, competing in both smallbore and air rifle competitions. At the same competition both the men’s and women’s teams posted near record scores with the mixed team firing a smallbore score of 2,293 while the women’s team fired a 2,241. The scores were the third highest all-time for both squads respectively.
"As a competitive shooter with a passion for the sport of rifle shooting, I am very happy to be able to pursue a career as a collegiate rifle coach and as a Skyhawk," Grinolds said. "I am honored to have the opportunity coach the team that has had such a great impact on my life over the past six years. I am grateful to coach Bob Beard for all he has done for the team over the years and for his continued support."
"Justin has been a part of our program as a student-athlete or coach for the last six years and I am comfortable turning the program over to him," former head coach and now volunteer assistant coach Bob Beard said. "He is dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable so I know the team will be in good hands."
Grinolds shot under head coach Bob Beard from 2008-11. He fired a career-high 582 in air rifle on Sept. 25, 2011 at Memphis and shot a career-best 574 in smallbore against Ohio Valley Conference rival Morehead State on Oct. 30, 2010.
Along with his success on the range during his three-year tenure at UT Martin, Grinolds was a standout performer in the classroom. He was a three-time Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association All-Academic honoree as well as a three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.
A native of Erskine, Minn., Grinolds attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minn. before transferring to UT Martin.
Grinolds is a certified NRA rifle instructor and has coached junior shooters for 10 years. He has coached 4-H Shooting Sports programs, NRA junior smallbore teams, a BB gun program, and junior Olympic shooters. He has also served as a coach for the Civilian Marksmanship Program in their summer camp program, coaching juniors across the country. Still a competitive shooter himself, Grinolds continues to learn more about the sport that he loves and thus expands he knowledge base to allow him to be an ever great help to the athletes he coaches.
Grinolds graduated from UT Martin in Dec. 2011 with a degree in political science and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration in May 2014 from UT Martin.