University of Dayton names former Flyer, Anthony Grant, as its new head basketball coach

(File photo, Anthony Grant via MGN Online)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Just days after Flyer Nation learned that head coach Archie Miller was stepping down, the university has named a new head coach, Anthony Grant.

Grant is a former Flyer and is the current assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Before coaching at the highest level in basketball, Grant was the head coach at Alabama and VCU. “Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity,” Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said. As a head coach, Grant took his teams to the NCAA tournament three times.

The university says it will formally introduce Anthony Grant as its newest head coach on Saturday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m.

"I am honored and humbled to be the head coach at the University of Dayton," Grant said. "It's a great responsibility to take over at an institution that is so well-respected. Anyone you talk to in college basketball would say our program is a successful one, but the potential is here for so much more."

Grant is a 1987 University of Dayton graduate and played basketball all four years. During his time as a Flyer, Grant averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Grant will be the 20th coach in the university's history and the seventh Flyer coach. According to the university, Grant is the second Dayton grad to coach the Flyers in the modern era of UD basketball.

Grant and his wife, Christina, have four children.

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