St. Cloud State University mourns the loss of Coach Steve Grimit (1962-2020), who passed away on Wednesday, July 22.
“On behalf of St. Cloud State University and Huskies Athletics, we offer our sincere condolences to the Grimit family.,” St. Cloud State Director of Athletic Heather Weems said. “Steve’s personality on the field was bigger than life and he made a significant impact on hundreds of student-athletes. He loved coaching and helping young men develop as people and players. He will be remembered by many for his passion and big voice on the sidelines.”
Grimit served as the Huskies’ defensive line football coach for 27 years and was also SCSU’s head wrestling coach for 12 seasons. He coached numerous All-Conference and All-America players, helped the SCSU football win two conference championships, earn four NCAA playoff bids and positively impact the lives of SCSU student-athletes during his tenure with the Huskies.
“I have lost a great friend and am having a difficult time thinking about what things will be like for me and all those who came in contact with Steve,” said Scott Underwood, who worked at SCSU with Grimit since 2001 and went on to serve as the Huskies’ head football coach from 2008 to 2019.
“His passion, drive and caring for his players was unmatched. For as demanding and tough as Steve could be in pushing players to reach their best, he was also the first one to provide you the biggest hug in victory or defeat. His teachings and legacy will live on in the countless stories we share with a tear, a smile and a laugh. My heart goes out to Kim, Jimmy, Nicole & John as we all grieve with them.”
As SCSU’s wrestling coach, Grimit led the Huskies from 1993 to 2006. He coached 14 All-America wrestlers during his tenure at SCSU and also coached SCSU NCAA Division II champion Gene Hanemann in 1995, who was the Huskies’ first NCAA DII individual champion.
Prior to landing at St. Cloud State, Grimit coached at Western Illinois University and Valparaiso University. He wrestled and played football in college, qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships and was a co-captain of his Western Illinois football team in 1985. Grimit graduated from Western Illinois University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and was a graduate of Blair High School in Blair, Neb.
A longtime resident of St. Cloud, Steve is survived by his wife Kim and their two children, Nicole and James.
A visitation for Coach Grimit will be held on Thursday, July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home at 3013 Roosevelt Road in St. Cloud, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (2555 Clearwater Road in St. Cloud, Minn.).