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Grindrod takes on girls' soccerThe local coach brings more than 30 years soccer experience to BHS.

"Longtime local soccer coach and player Mark Grindrod has been appointed as the new Spartan girls' soccer coach.Norman Gibbs, a well-known Bainbridge soccer player and coach who's worked with many of the girls whom Grindrod will inherit, speaks highly of him. He knows what he's doing. He'll be a great asset to the program.Grindrod brings more than 30 years of soccer experience with him to the Bainbridge position. He began playing in 1969, while attending high school in New York. In 1972, serving in the Navy, he played two years in Scotland with a joint U.S.-Scottish team that won the Highland Games in Dunoon. He moved to this area in 1977 and immediately began playing with local Kitsap teams in open competition, then 30-plus and 40-plus.He branched out into coaching in 1983, beginning with adult coed teams and adding men's teams.Soon afterward, he coached a Bainbridge Island 30-and-over women's team, the New Wings, for six years.Then when his daughter started playing at the age 9 in 1989, he began coaching young women and followed his daughter up through her succeeding age groups. Not long afterward, he began coaching FC Kitsap girls premier and select teams, at various times being responsible for as many as three different ones. In 1994, he added coaching for the Olympic Development Program to his other responsibilities and has served as the organization's coaching director for the past three years.Through these various coaching assignments, he's already met a lot of the girls who will be on the Bainbridge team.I think we'll have an outstanding team, he says. Bainbridge has a great feeder program, some really decent coaches and a lot of dedicated kids, both to the sport and to themselves.When he's not coaching, Grindrod works as general foreman in the electronics branch at Subbase Bangor. His shift begins at 6:30 a.m. and normally ends at 3 p.m. But I'll take some of my leave time every afternoon so I can work out with the team, he says.It will be a lot of driving. But I'm used to it, he says. At times, I've been coaching seven days a week.Marnie Snyder will be the JV coach. "

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