Anthony Grant enters his fifth season on the Crimson Tide bench in 2013-14. In four seasons since taking over as head coach of the Alabama men's basketball program, Grant looks to continue the momentum he has built during his time at the helm of the Crimson Tide.
Coming into the 2013-14 season, Grant has led his team to three consecutive postseason appearances, including a pair of National Invitation Tournament berths (2011 NIT runner-up and 2013 NIT quarterfinalist), as well as an at-large selection to the 2012 NCAA Tournament - Alabama's first NCAA appearance since 2006.
Following a 23-win campaign in 2012-13, Grant now has guided Alabama to three consecutive 20-win seasons, which is first time that has been achieved at Alabama since the 1990, 1991 and 1992 seasons - a span of just over 20 years. In fact, Grant has racked up 69 wins in the past three years (2011-2013), going 69-37 (.651) over that span. Alabama's 33 SEC victories in the past three years are third behind only Kentucky (38) and Florida (37).
In addition to leading Alabama to three straight 20-win campaigns, Grant led the Tide to a winning record in Southeastern Conference play for a third consecutive season, going 12-6 for a second-place SEC finish in 2012-13. It marked the first time since the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons that Alabama had three consecutive winning seasons against conference competition.
Grant boasts a record of 86-52 (.623) during his four years at the Capstone, with an overall record of 162-77 (.678) during his seven seasons as a head coach. He has led his teams to six postseason appearances (three NCAAs and three NITs) and six 20-win seasons during his Division I head coaching career.
For the third time in as many years, Grant's squad displayed an aggressive, disruptive and disciplined style that resulted in one of the top defenses in the nation during 2012-13. Alabama led the SEC in conference games with 9. 1 steals per game while ranking second in the league and 18th nationally in scoring defense, holding the opposition to 58.4 points per game. The Tide held 24 of 36 opponents below 60 points during the 2012-13 season.
It was more of the same during the 2011-12 campaign, as Alabama surpassed 20 wins while holding 31 of its 33 opponents below their season scoring averages. The Tide's defense allowed an average of 58.1 points per game, the ninth-lowest average in the nation and sixth-lowest in SEC history.
Alabama's defensive numbers in 2011-2 were even more impressive when taking into consideration the competition the Tide faced, as its strength of schedule was the 29th-toughest in the nation and the third-toughest in the SEC.
Following the first full year in Grant's system to acclimate themselves to producing 94 feet of pressure on both offense and defense, the 2010-11 Alabama team rebounded from a trying start to win 25 games and claim the SEC Western Division title. Renewed enthusiasm surrounded the team in the form of five sellout crowds at Coleman Coliseum, as fans helped make the Tide's home court one of the toughest in the nation, with a sterling 19-0 home record.
Three of those 2010-11 home wins came in the Tide's first postseason appearance since 2007, with a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. Harnessing the frustration of narrowly missing out on the NCAA field, the Tide cruised through its first three NIT opponents by an average of 15 points to advance to Madison Square Garden and the NIT semifinals for the sixth time in school history. A victory over Colorado propelled the Tide to its second NIT championship game, where it fell to Wichita State.
Along the way to the NIT final, Grant's coaching style helped make the Tide one of the best defenses in SEC history, as Alabama allowed only 59.4 points per game, the top mark in the SEC and the eighth-best in the nation.
Grant's teams have been just as successful in the classroom, with his 2009-10 and 2011-12 teams posting a perfect 1,000 score in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR). Five of Grant's teams have achieved that feat and the program boasts an average APR score of 985 during his tenure. Alabama led all SEC men's basketball programs in 2013 with six players - Carl Engstrom, Retin Obasohan, Levi Randolph, Andrew Steele, Dakota Slaughter and Isiah Wilson - being named to the SEC Academic Roll. Grant now has coached eight all-conference selections and 19 SEC all-academic performers during his time at the Capstone.
The Tide's resurgence - coupled with the team's high-energy style of play (a trademark of Grant's teams over the years) - has drawn some of the nation's top recruits to Alabama. His incoming 2011 class was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally by rivals.com, led by four top-100 prospects.
Grant took the reins of the Tide on March 29, 2009, after a three-year head coaching stint at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he led the Rams to a 24-10 record in 2008-09 and a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to UCLA in the final seconds, 65-64. The NCAA appearance was the second in Grant's three-year tenure at VCU and third straight postseason appearance. He amassed a 76-25 (.752) record at VCU, with a 45-9 (.833) mark in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) games.
Grant's VCU teams won three straight CAA regular-season championships and two CAA Tournament titles. His two NCAA Tournament appearances included a 79-77 upset win over Duke in the 2007 tournament. That season saw Grant lead the Rams to a program-best 28-7 record and CAA Coach of the Year honors.
At VCU, Grant continued his legacy of developing future NBA stars as Eric Maynor was selected in the first round, 20th overall, by the Utah Jazz. Under Grant's tutelage, Maynor became VCU's first lottery selection in 16 years and the program's first first-round pick.
Maynor became the 13th Grant-coached or recruited player and eighth first-rounder, to be selected in the NBA draft. In 2010, VCU's Larry Sanders became the 14th as the virtually un-recruited forward was selected 15th overall by Milwaukee Bucks, following a year of tutelage under Grant.
A Miami native, Grant is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference after serving 10 years on the staff at Florida, five years (1996-2001) as an assistant coach and then five years as associate head coach under Billy Donovan (2002-06). Grant helped lead the Gators to their first national title in 2006 and laid the groundwork for Florida's 2007 national championship before departing for VCU.
While Grant was on the Florida staff, the Gators won the SEC Tournament in 2005 and 2006, captured three SEC Eastern Division titles (2000, 2001 and 2002) and earned back-to-back SEC Championship titles in 2000 and 2001. In 1999 and 2000, the program made its first back-to-back NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances in school history and appeared in the 2000 national championship game. During Grant's time in Gainesville, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight straight seasons and compiled a 226-98 (.698) record.
Grant followed Donovan to Florida in 1996, after spending two seasons at Marshall (1994-96) as Donovan's top assistant. Prior to that, Grant spent one season as an assistant coach at Stetson (1993-94). He earlier began his coaching career in the high school ranks in his hometown of Miami, where his teams won three state titles and were nationally ranked five times during Grant's time as an assistant coach at Miami Senior High School (1987-92). He went on to serve one season as head coach at Miami Central High School (1992-93).
Noted as a strong recruiter, Grant recruited and coached nine McDonald's All-Americans and eight NBA first-round draft picks at Florida. Prior to Grant arriving at Florida, the Gators had produced only two first-round picks in school history.
Four of Grant's last seven recruiting classes at Florida were ranked in the top five nationally. At VCU, his 2007 recruiting class was ranked as the fifth-best in the mid-major ranks.
Prior to entering coaching, Grant played his collegiate career at the University of Dayton (1983-87), guiding the Flyers to a 70-49 (.588) overall mark, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth. In his 105 appearances in a Flyer uniform, Grant averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and was named the team's most valuable player as a senior.
Grant, the 19th men's head basketball coach in Alabama history, is married to the former Christina Harrell, also a native of Miami. They have three sons - Anthony, Preston and Makai - and a daughter Jayda Danielle.
The University of Alabama, Head Coach (2009-Present)
NCAA Second Round
NIT Finalist/SEC Western Division Champions
Virginia Commonwealth University, Head Coach (2006-09)
NCAA First Round/CAA Regular Season and Tournament Champions
NIT First Round/CAA Regular Season Champions
NCAA Second Round/CAA Regular Season and Tournament Champions
SIX POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (THREE NCAA TOURNAMENT AND THREE NIT), THREE REGULAR-SEASON CONFERENCE TITLES, TWO CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2007 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR
University of Florida, Associate Head Coach (2001-06)
NCAA National Champions/SEC Tournament Champions
NCAA Second Round/SEC Tournament Champions
NCAA First Round
NCAA Second Round
NCAA First Round/SEC East Champions
University of Florida, Assistant Coach (1996-2001)
NCAA Second Round
NCAA Finals/SEC Champions
NCAA Sweet 16
Marshall University, Assistant Coach (1994-96)
Stetson University, Assistant Coach (1993-94)
A Sun Record
High School Coaching Experience
Miami Central High School
Miami Senior High School
Won three state titles and earned five national rankings
University of Dayton
Led the Flyers to a 70-49 (.588) overall mark, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, and one NIT berth. Averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior.
Won the USBL Championship
University of Dayton, 1987
Awards and Honors
- 2007 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year
- 2008 USA Basketball U18 Team, Assistant Coach
- Won the 2006 NCAA Championship at the University of Florida
- 1987 Team Most Valuable Player, University of Dayton
- Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT as a player at Dayton