News release date: Thursday, December 16, 1999

Whitman's Grindrod Earns West Region All-America Honors

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Add one more post-season honor for Jamie Grindrod, the defensive cornerstone of the Whitman College women's soccer team for the past four years.

Grindrod, a 1996 graduate of North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash., recently earned NCAA Div. III Second-Team All-America honors, as awarded by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Scott Shields, the women's soccer coach at Whitman for the past six seasons, describes Grindrod as "probably the most talented player I have coached. Jamie is talented enough she could have played Division I soccer."

In addition to her duties on defense this past season, Grindrod tied for the Whitman team scoring lead with 10 points on four goals and two assists. "As far as I can tell, that is probably the most points ever scored by a defender in the history of Whitman women's soccer," Shields said.

Grindrond earned First-Team All-Northwest Conference honors at the end of her senior season. She received second-team honors followoing her sophomore season.

In a recent vote of Whitman players, Grindrod received two team awards -- Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player -- for the second time in three seasons. This was her third consecutive Best Defensive Player award.

Grindrod has been a "leader on and off the field," Shields said. "She was our field general during games, and the opposing teams always worried whenever she had the ball."

Grindrod, a politics major at Whitman, is the daughter of Marilyn and Mark Grindrod of Poulsbo, Wash.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902