It has been an eventful ride, but all good things must come to an end. The 25 year reign of Jerry Grim coaching girls basketball at Notre Dame Regional High School will cease today when the school introduces its new coach.
Grim most definitely leaves his mark on the Notre Dame program. He led the school to one state title, five state final fours, 11 district titles, and 441 wins. Notre Dame has only experienced two losing seasons under Grim. His 441 victories ranks 15 th on the career win list among Missouri girls basketball coaches. The school rewarded him by naming the court after him and placing his name on the floor.
"That’s just amazing," Grim said. "Who would have ever thought that a girls basketball coach [could get that honor]?"
Grim’s Bulldogs ended this season with a 56-53 loss to Farmington in the Class 4 sectionals. Notre Dame posted an 18-9 record this past season, collecting its 11 th district title, all coming under Grim.
"It’s been a great ride," Grim said. "I’ve had some great kids to work with and some great assistants. We’ve had 11 district titles, five final fours, and won one, so it’s just been great fun."
Notre Dame won its only state title under Grim in 2002, a 63-57 win over Elsberry. They made the state championship game in all five final four appearances, including three straight between 2001 and 2003. The Bulldogs also had runner-up finishes in 1995 and 1997.