Jenna Grim Named Assistant Softball Coach At Butler

Jenna Grim Named Assistant Softball Coach At Butler
Jenna Grim (Photo courtesy of Northwestern Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Jenna Grim, a former professional softball player who spent the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern University, has been named an assistant softball coach at Butler.  She will work with the Bulldogs' pitching staff and catchers.

"I am extremely excited to have coach Grim join the Butler softball Staff. She brings a high energy personality and a  positive attitude to our program," said Butler head coach Scott Hall in announcing his new hire.  "Jenna will draw from her experiences in the National Professional Fastpitch and coaching at Northwestern to help better our program and players as we compete for a Big East title."

Grim is joining the Bulldogs after serving on the coaching staff at Northwestern during the 2013 and 2014 collegiate seasons.  She worked extensively with the Wildcats' catchers, while assisting with the team's pitchers.  In both of her seasons at the Big Ten school, Northwestern had a pitcher lead the conference in strikeouts.  Northwestern pitchers had four no-hitters during Grim's tenure at the Evanston, Ill., school, and the team advanced to the 2014 NCAA Division I Regional.

"I am very humbled and excited to join the Butler Bulldog Softball family," said the new Butler coach.  "I would like to thank Coach Hall for giving me the opportunity to coach and assist him in getting to the next level and winning a Big East championship.  I am honored to be a part of this great program and am looking forward to our future successes."

A standout collegiate player, Grim was a four-year starter at Loyola (Chicago).  She was named to the All-Horizon League Team twice during a career that saw her compete regularly against Butler, then a member of the conference.   She finished her career in second place on Loyola's all-time home run list, and she wound up in fifth place on the school's all-time list for runs batted in.  Grim earned a degree in communications from Loyola in 2011 and then spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ramblers.

Following her graduation, Grim won an open tryout to join the Chicago Bandits of the NPF.  She helped the professional squad to the 2011 NPF World Championship, and she went on to play three more seasons with the Chicago team.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Grim has worked as a private instructor in hitting, catching and strength and conditioning.  She's been a clinician at multiple camps throughout the Chicago area, and she coached the Beecher Ladycats, a 16U travel softball team.

The new Butler coach joins the Bulldogs as they prepare for their second season in the BIG EAST Conference.  Butler completed the 2014 season with a 24-28 record, including wins in 16 of their final 25 games.  The Bulldogs were the only team to defeat BIG EAST champion DePaul during the regular season.