April 27, 2009
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IOWA CITY — Jade Grimm has done about all you can do at the high school level. Next fall, she will don a Black and Gold jersey and begin a new journey as a member of the Iowa Hawkeye soccer program.
Grimm is ranked No. 94 on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 100 for 2009 and is one of three Cedar Rapids Kennedy (H.S.) products that will join the Hawkeyes in the fall, along with Katherine Lewis and Rachel Spellerberg. The Hawkeyes have established a pipeline into the area after getting current players Suzy Levett and Morgan Showalter last year from Xavier (H.S.).
Grimm’s high school credentials speak volumes about her sensational play on the soccer field. As a sophomore in 2007, Grimm was named Iowa’s Player of the Year after scoring 36 goals and 19 assists to lead Kennedy to an 18-2 record. She is a two-time recipient of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year (2007, 2008) and was Metro Player of the Year in 2008. Through her junior season, Grimm was ranked second in Kennedy history in career goals scored (91), assists (64), goals scored in a single game and assists in a single season (25).
Through three years at Kennedy, Grimm has started every match (60/60), leading her team to three-straight conference championships and a combined record of 52-8. Kennedy is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 2A with a 3-0 record on the early season.
Grimm comes to the Hawkeyes with extensive club experience. She is currently a member of the Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) team, with playing experience overseas in France and Brazil. She was with the Iowa ODP team from 2001-2008 and played club soccer for the West Des Moines soccer club (2007-2009) and the Cedar River Soccer Association (1996-2006).
Head Coach Ron Rainey believes Grimm’s versatility and athleticism will help her make an instant impact next season.
“Jade has done a great job in the state of Iowa and with the Regional ODP program,” Rainey said. “She has great skill on top of the ball and is a smart soccer player. We are looking forward to her arrival in the fall. She has the ability to play a few different positions which will give us some great options for us in the fall.”
Grimm has been a member of the National Honor Society since 2007 and was on the Honor Roll of Excellence from 2005-2008. She plans on majoring in medicine while at Iowa.