Edmond Memorial’s Tim Grantham – OKC Most Outstanding Track Coach – Presented by Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

By Ryan Stone

Winning and State Championships are words that have become synonymous with the Edmond Memorial girls track team. A big part of that success is head coach Tim Grantham, who has been coaching at Memorial for 11 years.

Grantham has been a part of leading the Memorial girls to three straight and six of the last seven Class 6A State Championships. The team GPA during that stretch has also been an astounding 3.99.

When you ask Grantham what he likes most about coaching, his answer is pretty simple.

“Working with kids and seeing them develop and just to be a part of that process is really neat,” said Grantham.

Tim has been in coaching for 24 years with stops at Del City, Midwest City, Oklahoma Baptist, Noble and Edmond Memorial. Grantham’s first love was football, but his career was ended by an injury in high school. After high school he joined his dad as a coach in Del City, that’s where Grantham realized how much he enjoyed coaching track.

This season the Memorial girls are trying to make history by becoming the first team to win four straight 6A State Championships. Coach Grantham likes what he’s seen so far.

“Feel really good about the team this year,” said Grantham, “the kids are working hard and we’ve built a culture and it’s just an expectation now for the kids and it’s really cool to see and be a part of that. The seniors just have that expectation.”

The Memorial girls are led by 11 seniors including nine who have signed track scholarships. Three of the seniors will compete at the division one level; Erin Talbott at Oklahoma State, Alysheia Joseph at Illinois State and Kaylee Rampey at Abilene Christian. Another standout is Oklahoma Baptist signee Addie O’Conner, who was recruited by division one programs, but chose Baptist because of her faith and proximity to home.

Besides track Grantham is also a linebacker coach for the football team and teaches senior government. One thing that’s clear, he’s definitely happy at Memorial

“The thing with Memorial is I really like the support that we get. Being a track coach, it’s kind of a secondary sport a lot of places and that’s not the case here. They treat all sports the same and really give us the support and funding that we need,” said Grantham.