David Grim


David Grim, Science Department Chair

Science Department Chair, Athletic Director, Head Coach Cross Country and Track
Email: dgrim@luthernorth.org
Telephone: 773-286-3600 ext 254

Mr. Grim is beginning his 34th year of teaching here at Luther North. He received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in 1980, majoring in Biology and Chemistry. In 2013, he received a Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration degree from Concordia University Irvine. Over the years, he has taught virtually every science class offered at LNCP and has coached numerous athletes and teams to the state level in cross country and track. In 2013, he was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He currently serves LNCP as athletic director, science department chairperson, as well as continuing with teaching and coaching duties.

"What I enjoy most about teaching and coaching is seeing the development of each student-athlete that I get the opportunity to work with. It is very satisfying to see an athlete come into high school with minimal ability, and leave as a contributing member to the team. I also very much enjoy being able to stay connected with former students as they leave LNCP, attending weddings and seeing their kids grow and develop. Having a number of former students enter careers in the science field is also very satisfying in knowing that you may have had some influence on their life.
I chose teaching and coaching because I had many excellent teachers and coaches in my life. In particular, my high school biology teacher and cross country coach (Mr. Mertens) had a particularly strong influence on my life and career path. He was someone I always looked up to and tried to emulate. He was intelligent, a great motivator, and a wonderful Christian person. I also had a unique set of experiences in college that helped mold me as a coach. I ran cross country and track in college for 4 years and had 6 different head coaches during that period. Even though at the time I was upset at having little continuity in my coaching, I later realized the plan God had for me, as it gave me a wide range of coaching styles to observe and learn from, which in turn helped me mold my own coaching style."