COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Having coached in Tennessee for over 15 years, Tennessee Tech head coach Kim Rosamond is well aware of just how good high school girls' basketball is in the state. The Golden Eagles' staff understands they don't have to look far to find elite-level talent.
Rosamond is confident they have found that and more in their latest signee Reghan Grimes, a 5-9 guard from Brentwood's Ravenwood High School.
When it comes to athletics, Reghan Grimes has an impressive pedigree. Now the youngest member of the Grimes family, Reghan is set to join the Tennessee Tech women's basketball program after she completes her ultra-successful high school career at Ravenwood.
A three-sport star for the Raptors, Grimes' has already established herself as one of the top high school athletes in Tennessee as she begins her senior season on the hardwood. She is fresh off helping lead the RHS's volleyball team to the 2021 TSSAA volleyball state championship game. Grimes was rewarded with being named to the all-district tournament team for the second time in her career.
A standout for coach Andrew James' Ravenwood girls basketball team as a wing and small forward, Grimes enters the 2021-22 campaign with 1,141 points along with 603 rebounds, which is already the school record with a full season remaining. As a junior, she averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
Not only has she been extremely successful on the court, Grimes also picked up two state track and field titles in the shot put and discus en route to being named the 2020-21 Williamson County Female Athlete of the Year.
"Reghan Grimes is one of the most gifted individuals we have signed since we arrived at Tech five years ago," Rosamond said. "It does not matter the court or field, Reghan excels at whatever she does. She is a tremendous athlete, but she is also a really good basketball player whose ceiling is so high at the next level."
Grimes spent her summers competing on the travel circuit with the well-respected Team Brandan Wright program coached by Spencer Richardson and Jamal Malone. Team Brandan Wright has produced several highly recruited players including current TTU standout Kesha Brady.
"Reghan's size and strength, as well as her abilities to get to the rim, rebound the basketball and defend on the perimeter make her a gamechanger. She understands how to win and how to compete at the highest level, and she thrives under pressure. On the court, she is a relentless competitor who hates to lose, but, off the court, she is one of the most humble, gracious individuals you will meet. She truly makes everyone around her better," Rosamond stated.
Her father, Reggie, played football between 1995 and 2000 at Alabama, before starting a pro career with the New England Patriots and the Berlin Thunder overseas.
Her mother, Mikaela, was a cheerleader at Nebraska, then joined the track and field program where she earned a Big 8 Conference title (before the league became the Big 12), then transferred to Alabama. Some of her times in the 100 and 200 meters in the Nebraska prep levels are still records to this day.
Her older sister, Maya was a star for Austin Peay in their track and field program, earning the Ohio Valley Conference's Indoor Freshman of the Year Award in 2017, then won three OVC titles – indoor long jump in 2020, indoor triple jump in 2020 and outdoor long jump in 2019. She recently transferred to Louisiana Tech to complete her athletic career.
Her brother, Reggie was ESPN's No. 1-ranked football recruit from Tennessee in the 2020 class, and he is currently a sophomore defensive end for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Grimes is the final addition (during the early signing period) to an impressive Golden Eagle signing class of Jennifer Sullivan (Knoxville) and Cayla Cowart (Gainesville, Ga.).
GRIMES ON CHOOSING TENNESSEE TECH:
"I chose Tennessee Tech because every aspect of the school is perfect for me. From the coaching staff and my future teammates to the people around campus. I couldn't see myself anywhere else."