The Dayton Flyers have announced the hiring of Thunder assistant Anthony Grant for their head coaching vacancy.
— Dayton Flyers (@DaytonFlyers) March 30, 2017
Archie Miller, the previous head coach at Dayton, left the position vacant to become the next head coach at Indiana.
Grant is a Dayton alum, playing there from 1983-1987 and helping the Flyers make an Elite Eight appearance.
As a coach, Grant developed players like Eric Maynor and Larry Sanders at VCU, and went 117-85 at Alabama, making the NCAA tournament twice. Prior to his head coaching experience, he was an assistant coach under Billy Donovan, where they won back-to-back titles. After being fired by Alabama in 2015, Grant joined Donovan’s coaching staff in Oklahoma City.
In a release, Dayton Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said, “Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity,” Sullivan said. “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. He is absolutely the right coach.”
“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 will be introduced as head coach on April 1st at 12 PM. CST.
As of now, the Thunder have not released a statement.