Former SUNY Poly Coach Passes Away
On Monday morning, November 6, 2023, the town of Utica lost a devoted and profoundly impactful citizen, Mr. Kevin Michael Grimmer, at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with the devastating ALS disease.
Born and raised in North Utica, Kevin was brought up in a large, close-knit family and had many dear friends. In 1982, he married the love of his life, Sheila Evans. The two enjoyed 41 blissful years of marriage before his passing.
Kevin’s passion for basketball accompanied him from a young age. He excelled in the sport at the high school and college levels, leaving a lasting legacy. Even after graduation, Kevin pursued professional basketball in England for some time.
Upon returning to the United States, he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the youth sports programs at SUNY Poly, serving as a coach and an athletic director. Kevin nurtured multiple generations of young athletes, helping them develop not only their skills but also their characters.
Though he is no longer with us, the image of a man passionate about basketball, caring for his students, and selflessly contributing to the community will be eternally remembered. Kevin Grimmer lived a meaningful and proud life.
SUNY Poly Obituary
Today, our SUNY Poly family deeply mourns the loss of former coach Kevin Grimmer, who dedicated his entire life to our sports programs and young athletes at the university.
During his 25 years as the Athletic Director and coach of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Mr. Grimmer left an indelible mark with his sportsmanship, team spirit, and unwavering commitment to his students.
We will forever be proud of the achievements that Mr. Grimmer and his teams accomplished. But, more importantly, his legacy of compassion, care, and responsibility will continue to influence generations of students.
Today, SUNY Poly has lost a revered member, but Mr. Grimmer’s legacy of unconditional dedication will forever serve as a model for all of us to follow.
We extend our most sincere condolences to Mr. Grimmer’s family and friends. His memory will be forever honored at SUNY Poly.
Coach Kevin Grimmer – A Lifetime Devoted to Basketball
Coach Kevin Grimmer had a long and meaningful career in basketball.
As a former professional and talented player, he excelled in the sport at the high school, college, and professional levels, even competing in the UK. On the court, Kevin left a remarkable legacy.
After retiring from playing, he returned to the United States and embarked on a coaching career at SUNY Poly. Over 25 years of dedication, Mr. Grimmer led numerous teams to prestigious titles. But what’s truly valuable is the way he mentored, inspired, and nurtured countless young talents.
Not only was he an excellent coach, but Kevin Grimmer was also a revered teacher with a kind heart. He devoted his entire life to the orange ball and the next generation. Although he has passed away, his legacy will endure.