Former Notre Dame football captain David Grimes returned to the Fighting Irish football family in 2011 as an intern in the player development department and started his role as assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2012. In his current role, Grimes works with Paul Longo and Jake Flint as a member of the football strength and conditioning staff. He is a registered strength and conditioning coach by the NSCA.
As the player development intern in 2011, Grimes reported to Tim McDonnell and served as a resource for the current Notre Dame football players. Grimes acted as a liaison between the players and coaching staff and served as a primary contact between Notre Dame's student welfare and development office and academic services for student-athletes department. Through the student welfare and development office, Grimes helped coordinate community service projects through the "Irish Around the Bend" program. He also helped coordinate and monitor the study hall sessions at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex.
Grimes graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a degree in marketing and participated in the training camps of the Denver Broncos in 2009 and Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.
Voted one of three team captains as a senior, Grimes played wide receiver for the Irish from 2005-08 and caught 90 passes for 900 yards with seven touchdowns. He played in 45 games during his Notre Dame career and started 24 contests. Grimes played in three bowl games, including two Bowl Championship Series games (2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl), and he helped the Irish snap their nine-game bowl losing streak by winning his final collegiate game in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (defeated Hawaii 49-21).
Born in Los Angeles, Grimes graduated from St. Martin DePorres High School in Detroit, Mich., and was valedictorian at his senior year commencement. Grimes resides in South Bend.