Dayton will name Anthony Grant as its next head coach, the team announced on Thursday.
Welcome @DaytonMBB head coach Anthony Grant! #GoDaytonFlyers pic.twitter.com/r9MeVyQvyo— Dayton Flyers (@DaytonFlyers) March 30, 2017
Grant will replace Archie Miller, who left Dayton to become the head coach at Indiana. That left one of the best mid-major jobs in all of college basketball open, and Grant’s name quickly surfaced as a possibility.
Grant returns to his alma mater as head coach after playing there from 1983-87. He is currently serving as an assistant to Billy Donovan for the Oklahoma City Thunder, similar to his stint as Donovan’s assistant at Florida from 1996-2006.
Grant most recently served as a head coach at Alabama for six years. During his time there, he went 117-85, and only managed to make one NCAA Tournament. Before that, he spent three years at VCU, and led them to two NCAA Tournaments and a first-round upset over Duke in 2007.
He brings a career 193-110 record to a program that could look significantly different next season. The Flyers graduate four key seniors, and it remains to be seen what kind of roster turnover there will be with Miller’s departure.