Dayton chooses Anthony Grant as Head Coach

Played for Flyers during the 1980’s, was recently an assistant coach with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder

On Thursday, University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan announced a replacement for Archie Miller as Dayton’s new men’s basketball coach.

In a press release on the Dayton Flyers athletic web site, Sullivan mentioned:

“Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity.  He has successful experience in coaching, recruiting and playing basketball at an elite level. I welcome Anthony to our staff and look forward to partnering with him as we continue to aggressively pursue graduating student-athletes, winning conference championships and advancing in the NCAA Tournament.”

Grant spent the last two years as an assistant to Billy Donovan at Oklahoma City of the NBA.   Prior to that, Grant spent nine years as head coach at Alabama and VCU and 13 other seasons as a Division I assistant coach.  His teams made the NCAA Tournament three times and six other times appeared in the NIT.  His overall coaching record is 193-110 (.637).

Grant also returns home to his alma mater, where he is a 1987 graduate.  A four year letterwinner, he started for the Flyers in his final three years.  He averaged 11.6 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game in 105 games played, while playing in two NCAA Tournaments and in the NIT one other year.

He was the Flyers’ co-captain and was also named the White-Allen Most Valuable Player as a senior.

Grant is only the 20th coach in Dayton’s history, but just the seventh coach in the last 70 years.  In the modern era, Grant is only the second Dayton grad to coach the Flyers.  The first was his former head coach, College Basketball Hall of Famer Don Donoher who patrolled the sidelines between 1964 to 1989.

In six years at Alabama, Grant amassed a record of 117-85 (.579) while guiding the Crimson Tide to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, their first tournament berth since 2006.  He also took Alabama to the NIT on three occasions.

Prior to Alabama, the Miami, Fla. native spent three seasons as head coach of VCU where he led the Rams to a 76-25 (.752) record and three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championships. VCU went to the NCAA tournament twice and had an impressive 45-9 mark in CAA conference games.  He was the main reason why Florida repeated in 2006 (where he began at Florida in 1996) and 2007 with the players he helped develop and recruit.

Dayton returns seven players from their Atlantic 10 championship winning squad.  Only time will tell if they will be back on the bubble again in ten months.

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