SUNY Poly Director of Athletics Kevin Grimmer retiring after nearly 40 years with the Wildcats

In many ways the architect of the current SUNY Poly athletics program, Kevin Grimmer is retiring at the end of the month following 37 years with the school.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 12:05 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - After 37 years at SUNY Poly, Director of Athletics Kevin Grimmer is calling it a career.

Grimmer has announced his retirement from the University, effective in July.

After graduating from Hamilton College, where he was an NCAA Division III All-American basketball player, Grimmer was hired as a part-time intramural assistant and assistant men's basketball coach at then-SUNY College of Technology in 1984.

The following year, he was moved into a full-time role as assistant director of athletics under Jim Klein before taking over as the Athletic Director in 2000, a role he has been in ever since.

"I've been privileged to play many formative roles in the Wildcat sports program almost from its inception and I'm proud of the many accomplishments and improvements made during my tenure," said Grimmer. "We've built a tremendous college sports program with enviable athletics facilities where we have outstanding success in competition, and our student-athletes also shine in the classroom."

While serving as the director of athletics, Grimmer remained on the sidelines for the Wildcats' men's basketball program until 2014.

He had also served as the head women's basketball coach for five seasons where he helped the program become the first SUNY Poly team to qualify for a spot in the SUNYAC postseason championships.

After his stint with the women's team, he returned to the sidelines on the men's side as the head coach in 1994, where he lead he program to five conference championship berths and three ECAC championship tournaments in six years at the helm.

He received four coach of the year honors following the Wildcats most successful season in 2009-10, where they went 26-5 and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Grimmer also coached the women's volleyball program for six years, and served as the school's sports information director for 14 years.

Under his leadership, the SUNY Poly athletics program grew to its current roster of 12 NCAA sports, and saw the construction of multiple state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including the $20-million Wildcat Field House.

A graduate of Notre Dame High School, in addition to Hamilton College, Grimmer is enshrined in the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame and Notre Dame Juggler Hall of Fame.

The school has not announced any plans regarding a search for his replacement.

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