Anthony Grant named as Dayton head coach

The former VCU and Alabama coach has found a new gig at Dayton.

Anthony Grant has found himself a new head coaching gig at the college level.

The former Alabama and VCU head coach has taken the same position at Dayton, the school announced on Thursday.

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Grant, a 1987 Dayton alum, said he was excited for his return to the collegiate level.

"It's a great responsibility to take over at an institution that is so well-respected,” Grant said in the release. “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 brings a wealth of coaching experience to his alma mater. He spent the last two years as an assistant to Billy Donovan with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, working with All-Star talent in the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Prior to that, he spent nine years as head coach of Alabama (117-85 record, one NCAA Tournament appearance in six years) and VCU (76-25 record, two NCAA Tournament appearances in three years). He spent the previous 10 years as an assistant under Donovan at Florida.

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Grant will take over for a program that went 24-8 in 2016-17, winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title and earning a No. 7 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament (Dayton’s fourth in a row) before losing to Wichita State in the Round of 64.

Grant will take over for Archie Miller — now at Indiana — who compiled a 139-63 overall record in six seasons at Dayton.

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