Virginia Tech Hokies Quality Control – Defense Assistant Coach Cody Grimm is leaving the program to accept a role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Grimm is a former Virginia Tech player, who played under Frank Beamer and later was drafted into the NFL, playing three seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a member of the Virginia Tech coaching staff for two seasons.
A former standout defensive back for the Hokies, Grimm opted to walk-on at Virginia Tech over preferred walk-on opportunities from Virginia, Pittsburgh and a scholarship opportunity at Virginia Tech. He was tasked with learning the Whip linebacker position and ascended into a major force for his collegiate team, earning a scholarship as a redshirt sophomore. He left Virginia Tech as a first team All-ACC performer and third team AP All American. Grimm had 106 total tackles, 4.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss during his senior season.
Following his playing days at Virginia Tech, Grimm tested his luck at the next level and was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. He played for three seasons as a member of the Buccaneers, but suffered multiple injuries cutting his time in the pros short. He was at one point the starting safety for the team.
After the NFL, Grimm followed the other members in his family in joining the coaching path. His father, Russ Grimm, is a NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer and a former offensive line coach in the NFL. Russ coached with newly appointed head coach Bruce Arians in both Pittsburgh and with the Arizona Cardinals. Not only do Arians and Cody Grimm share ties from Russ, but also as Virginia Tech alumni.
Cody’s brother, Chad Grimm, serves as the outside linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins. The Grimm family now has their third coaching connection to the NFL.