Malzahn hires J.B. Grimes as offensive line coach at Auburn

Grimes has more than 30 years of college experience including a year on Gus Malzahn's staff last season at Arkansas State. (Arkansas State Photo)

New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has filled another position on his coaching staff and he didn't have to look far to find his offensive line coach.

J.B. Grimes, the offensive line coach at Arkansas State last season under Malzahn, has been hired for the same position at Auburn.

"J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation's top teachers at the offensive line position," Malzahn said. "He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level. He played a vital role in our team's success this past season and we're fortunate to have him join our program at Auburn."

Before joining the Red Wolves coaching staff, the veteran offensive line coach had stints at several other schools from around the country, including three current SEC schools in Arkansas, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to coach at Auburn and join Coach Malzahn's staff," Grimes said. "I've always admired Auburn football having coached in the Southeastern Conference and even when I was younger watching Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley play. It's a special place with great history, traditions and fans. I've known Gus for several years and have admired the things he's done as a coach. We did some great things this past season at Arkansas State and I look forward to doing the same at Auburn."

Grimes spent five seasons in College Station on R.C. Slocum's staff from 1998 to 2002 before Sylvester Croom hired him at Mississippi State, where he coached the offensive line from 2004 until 2008.

Grimes was a graduate assistant for two seasons (1981-82) under Lou Holtz at Arkansas then returned to Fayetteville in 1989 as an assistant coach for Ken Hatfield and Jack Crowe until 1992.

He also helped Frank Beamer win two consecutive Big East Championships in the mid-90's at Virginia Tech.

Grimes is the third coach Malzahn has hired from his Arkansas State staff.

Gus Malzahn Coaching Staff:

(Most recent job before Auburn)

Offensive Coordinator:{} Rhett Lashlee (Offensive coordinator, Arkansas State)

Defensive Coordinator:{} Ellis Johnson (Head Coach, Southern Miss)

Co-Defensive Coord./Defensive Backs:{} Charlie Harbison (Co-Defensive Coord., Clemson)

Offensive Line Coach:{} J.B. Grimes (Offensive line, Arkansas State)

Strength & Conditioning Coach:{} Ryan Russell (Director of Performance, Arkansas State)