GRINOLDS TAKES OVER AS HEAD COACH OF UT MARTIN RIFLE
August 27, 2014
The University of Tennessee at Martin has announced Justin Grinolds as the new head coach for rifle.
Grinolds, has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Skyhawks and succeeds long-time rifle coach Bob Beard who served as head coach at UT Martin for 32 years. Beard announced last September that upon the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season that he would be stepping down into a lesser role with the team.
"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 to coach the team that has had such a great impact on my life over the past six years. I am grateful to Coach Beard for all he has done for the team over the years and for his continued support."
While Grinolds begins his collegiate coaching career, he won’t be alone as Beard will serve as a volunteer assistant coach this season.
"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," Beard said. "He is dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable so I know the team will be in good hands."
Grinolds first came to UT Martin and shot under Beard from 2008-2011. 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 even greater 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.
Grinolds’ coaching debut will be on Sept. 27 when the Skyhawks compete at the Ole Miss Invitational.