“Curly” returns for her fourth season with the Titans after joining Cal State Fullerton for the 2017 season. She serves as the coach of the offense for Titan softball.
The 2019 season proved to be a very powerful season for Grimes' hitters posting the fifth highest slugging percentage in program history with a .445 mark. The team also belted 48 homers which is tied for fifth most in a single-season. The Titans had three players finish with a .300 batting average or higher led by the Big West Player of the Year, Ari Williams. The senior center fielder led the team in just about every offensive category including a .380 average, .451 on-base percentage, and a .620 slugging percentage. Alexa Neil (.345) and Daisy Munoz (.316) were also key pieces in the Fullerton offense as Neil finished just shy of the freshman program records for runs (44; three shy) and hits (59; five shy) while Munoz tied the freshman program record with 10 home runs.
In 2018, Grimes' offense improved their batting average by over 20 points finishing at a .289 mark from last season. The lineup's on-base percentage and slugging percentage both increased by 25 points from the previous season as well. Arguably, the biggest note of the 2018 Titan offense was the grit and determination in the later innings which collected 11 walk-off victories, three of which were walk-off home runs.
Grimes started her coaching career at North Texas working with the bullpen as well as the hitters from 2012-2013. She then left her alma mater and went on to be the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Director of Operations for the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette where she won the Sun Belt Conference and made it all the way to the Super Regionals before falling to Auburn.
In 2015, she came back home and served as the Director of Operations for Titan Softball before becoming the Volunteer Assistant Coach last season. She has been instrumental in working with the offense as well as the pitchers and catchers as a part of the back-to-back conference championship teams.
As a player, Grimes saw a lot of success. In 2012, the North Texas alum started all 55 games at catcher for the Mean Green. She finished third on the team with a .317 bating average and second with 10 home runs and 32 RBI. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic as well as the Sun Belt Conference Co-Player of the Week. She graduated from North Texas ranking fifth all-time in career RBI, sixth in career home runs, tenth in total bases, and sixth on the single-season home run list. She was named to the Dean’s List and Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll as well.
Prior to college, she played at Arcadia High School and was named team MVP in her senior year. She earned All-Pacific League First Team honors in all four seasons at Arcadia and helped lead her team to two league championships while there batting over.500 in her sophomore, junior, and senior campaigns.
Born in Arcadia, Caitlin is the daughter of John and Sylvia Grimes. She has one brother, Sean, and one sister, Mackenzie who currently plays on the Titans.