Anthony Duvale Grant (born April 15, 1966) is an American basketball coach who is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Dayton. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2009, and at the University of Alabama from 2009 to 2015. Prior to becoming the VCU head coach, he was an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 1996 to 2006.
Grant arrives at Dayton in 2017
|League||Atlantic 10 Conference|
|Born||April 15, 1966|
|High school||Miami (Miami, Florida)|
|1987–1992||Miami HS (assistant)|
|1992–1993||Miami Central HS|
|2015–2017||Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
After graduating from Miami Senior High School, Grant became an All-City first-team selection and Player-of-the-Year. He played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 while residing at 3 Evanston (The Gateway) and guiding them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgetown. As a sophomore, Grant averaged 10.7 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game and the Flyers again made it to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, the 6'5" Grant moved from power forward to small forward and averaged 7.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest while the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. As a senior, Grant was named a team captain, was awarded team MVP, and won the Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Award after leading the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 and 6.0 respectively. In his 105 appearances, Grant averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. In 1987, Grant spent a year playing for the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League.
In 1987, Grant became an assistant coach and math teacher at Miami Senior High School under Marcos "Shaky" Rodriguez.
The Miami native served for ten years as an assistant to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida (UF). The 1999 and 2000 teams made the first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in school history and the 2000 squad made UF's first appearance in the National Championship game, where they lost to Michigan State. In the spring of 2002, Grant was elevated to the title of Associate Head Coach after serving as an assistant for his first six seasons.
Grant played a key role in helping the Gators to the 2006 NCAA title, the 2005 and 2006 Southeastern Conference Tournament titles, three SEC Eastern Division titles and back-to-back SEC Championships in 2000 and 2001. The Gators have reached eight straight NCAA Tournaments, capped by the national title in 2006 in which Florida became the first team since the 1968 UCLA Bruins to win both the national semifinal and the final by at least 15 points. The Gators were 226–98 (.698) during Grant's 10-year stint in Gainesville. Prior to the University of Florida, Grant served as an assistant to Donovan for two years at Marshall University helping them to a 35–20 record. Grant also served as an assistant coach during the 1993–94 season at Stetson.
Grant led VCU to a 79–77 upset of 6th seeded Duke to reach the 2nd round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Two of Grant's VCU players were drafted as first round draft picks in the 2009 (Eric Maynor) and 2010 NBA drafts (Larry Sanders).
In Grant's first season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide went 17–15 (6–10), winning their last two regular season games to clinch a winning record and the 4th seed in the west in the 2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. They would go on to lose in the quarterfinals to #2 Kentucky.
In his second season at the Capstone, Grant's young team struggled early in the season, going 8–6 during non-conference play, but bounced back, going 12–4 in SEC play, to win the SEC Western Division title. Grant also got his first "signature" win, when Alabama defeated #12 Kentucky in Coleman Coliseum, 68–66. Dick Vitale has noted Grant as one of his "Coaches on the Rise". He guided Alabama to the NIT Final in Madison Square Garden in only his second year.
Grant reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament in his third season. That marked Alabama's first appearance since 2006. However, it was short-lived; the Tide lost to Creighton in the opening round of the tournament.
In Grant's fourth season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide started strong but struggled in December due to injuries. The Tide finished a surprising 12–6 in SEC play, tied for 2nd place in the league. After winning one game in the SEC Basketball Tournament, the Tide lost to Florida the next day, 61–51. Grant's team lost to Miami in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals by a score of 58–57.
On March 15, 2015, Grant was fired from Alabama.
Head coaching recordEdit
|VCU Rams (Colonial Athletic Association) (2006–2009)|
|2006–07||VCU||28–7||16–2||1st||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2007–08||VCU||24–8||15–3||1st||NIT First Round|
|2008–09||VCU||24–10||14–4||1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|VCU:||76–25 (.752)||45–9 (.833)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (2009–2015)|
|2010–11||Alabama||25–12||12–4||1st (West)||NIT Runner–up|
|2011–12||Alabama||21–12||9–7||5th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2014–15||Alabama||18–14||8–10||T–8th||NIT Second Round*|
|Alabama:||117–85 (.579)||54–48 (.529)|
|Dayton Flyers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2017–present)|
|2018–19||Dayton||21–12||13-5||3rd||NIT First Round|
|Dayton:||48–31 (.608)||23–15 (.605)|
Postseason invitational champion
*Grant was fired prior to the 2015 NIT and did not coach in the Tide's two NIT games.
Assistants under Grant who became NCAA head coaches:
- "Florida Assistant Grant Hired At VCU". Associated Press. cstv.com. 2006-04-18. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Deas, Tommy; Hurt, Cecil (2009-03-27). "Anthony Grant : 'We have agreed in principle'". The Tuscaloosa News. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "No. 11 VCU shocks sixth seed Duke in final seconds". Associated Press. ESPN. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Parrish, Gary (15 March 2015). "Alabama fires Anthony Grant". CBS Sports. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Thunder Announces Coaching Staff". NBA.com. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.