Anthony Grant returns to USA Basketball as a 2018 USA Men’s U18 National Team assistant coach after having served as an assistant for the 2008 USA Men’s U18 National Team, which finished 4-1 and with a silver medal.
In his first season as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Dayton, Grant and his team finished 14-17.
Grant also served as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University for three seasons (2006-07 to 2008-09) and at the University of Alabama for six seasons (2009-10 to 2014-15). His overall NCAA head coaching record is 207-127 (.620 winning percentage) over 10 seasons.
From the summer of 2015 until he was hired at Dayton in March 2017, Grant was an assistant coach for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
“It is truly an honor to represent our country as a member of the USA Basketball U18 coaching staff,” Grant said. “I look forward to working with coach Self and coach Manning and preparing our young men to qualify for next year’s U19 World Cup.
“I have tremendous respect for Bill Self and the success he has had at every stop in his career,” Grant said of the USA coaching staff. “I am excited about this opportunity to work with him and help us win the FIBA Americas Championship.
“I have known Danny for several years and what he has been able to achieve as a player and now a coach is admirable. I respect him as a man and a coach, and look forward to being on this staff with him.”
In six years at Alabama, Grant amassed a record of 117-85 (.579) while guiding the Crimson Tide to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and he also took Alabama to the NIT on three occasions.
Prior to Alabama, the Miami native spent three seasons as the 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 under Grant and was 45-9 (.833) in CAA games.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Grant spent 13 years as a Division I assistant coach. The last 10 years were at the University of Florida (1996-2006). Grant helped lead the Gators to their first national title in 2006, and to the title again in 2007.
Grant also a 1987 graduate of the University of Dayton, where he was a four-year basketball letterwinner and three year starter. He played in 105 games at Dayton, averaging 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game over his career. He was the Flyers' co-captain and the White-Allen Most Valuable Player as a senior. His teams played in two NCAA tournaments and one NIT.