April 13, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. - Felisha Legette-Jack and Janel Grimm have been named assistant women's basketball coaches at Michigan State by newly appointed head coach Joanne McCallie. The pair will begin their duties at Michigan State immediately.
Legette-Jack brings nine years of collegiate coaching experience to the Spartan staff. She spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse after a two-year stay as an assistant at Boston College.
At Syracuse, Legette-Jack served as recruiting coordinator, coached the post players and was responsible for assisting with academic support and the conditioning program. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Legette-Jack returned to her alma mater in 1993 and helped the Orangewomen capture the 1996 BIG EAST 7 co-championship.
"I am pleased that Felisha and her family will be joining my staff," McCallie said. "She is a talented recruiter, a tremendous communicator and a motivational floor coach. Felisha is a great addition to the program."
Legette-Jack was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American at Syracuse where she was the school's all-time leading scorer (1,526 points) and rebounder (927 rebounds). She captained Syracuse as a junior and senior and averaged 13.0 points and 7.9 rebounds during a 117-game career. Legette-Jack also was named the 1984-85 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Legette-Jack earned a dual degree in child and family studies and psychology from Syracuse in 1989. She and her husband, David, have a son, Maceo David. Felisha has been inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, the Syracuse Urban League Hall of Fame and the Orange Plus Hall of Fame.
Grimm makes the trek to East Lansing after serving as an assistant coach for McCallie last year at Maine. A native of North English, Iowa, Grimm had an outstanding collegiate career at Iowa State where she was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree.
As a senior co-captain, she helped lead the Cyclones to a 25-8 overall record and their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Grimm had a brief stint as the Director of Basketball Operations at Northern Illinois before taking a coaching position on McCallie's staff at Maine.
"Janel is an outstanding young coach who was a critical component of our success at Maine last season," McCallie says. "With her abilities, on floor coaching and organizational skills there was no question I wanted to bring her to Michigan State."
A four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Grimm earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from ISU in 1999.