Anthony Grant

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Anthony Grant
Anthony Grant at Airport.JPG
Grant arrives at Tuscaloosa in 2009
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Alabama
Record 105-74
Biographical details
Born (1966-04-15) April 15, 1966 (age 48)
Miami, Florida
Playing career
1983–1987 Dayton
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1992
1992–1993
1993–1994
1994–1996
1996–2006
2006–2009
2009–present
Miami HS (Asst.)
Miami Central HS
Stetson (Asst.)
Marshall (Asst.)
Florida (Asst.)
VCU
Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 171–82
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
CAA Tournament Championship (2007, 2009)
CAA Regular Season Championship (2007, 2008, 2009)
Awards
2007 CAA Coach of the Year

Anthony Grant (born April 15, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball program.[1] Before accepting the job at Alabama, Grant served for three years as the head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University's Rams men's basketball program.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

After graduating from Miami Senior High School, Grant became an All-City first-team selection and Player-of-the-Year played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 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, named team MVP, and awarded 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 registered 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds each time out. 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.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

A native of Miami, Florida, 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.

Virginia Commonwealth[edit]

Grant led VCU to a 79–77 upset of 6th seeded Duke to reach the 2nd round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.[3] Two of Grant's VCU players were drafted as first round draft picks in the 2009 (Eric Maynor) and 2010 NBA drafts (Larry Sanders).

Alabama[edit]

On March 27, 2009 Grant agreed in principle to become the twentieth head men's basketball coach at the University of Alabama.[1]

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 on a controversial last-second play in the opening round of the tournament.

In Grant's fourth season at the Capstone, 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 Maryland in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals by a score of 58–57.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial Athletic Association) (2006–2009)
2006–07 Virginia Commonwealth 28–7 16–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2007–08 Virginia Commonwealth 24–8 15–3 1st NIT 1st Round
2008–09 Virginia Commonwealth 24–10 14–4 1st NCAA 1st Round
Virginia Commonwealth: 76–25 (.752) 45–9 (.833)
Alabama (Southeastern Conference) (2009–present)
2009–10 Alabama 17–15 6–10 T–4th (West)
2010–11 Alabama 25–12 12–4 1st (West) NIT Runner–up
2011–12 Alabama 21–12 9–7 5th NCAA 1st Round
2012–13 Alabama 23–13 12–6 T-2nd NIT Quarterfinals
2013–14 Alabama 13–19 7–11 T-10
2014–15 Alabama 6–2 0–0
Alabama: 105–73 (.590) 46–38 (.548)
Total: 181–98 (.649)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deas, Tommy and 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. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "No. 11 VCU shocks sixth seed Duke in final seconds". Associated Press (ESPN). 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 

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