Sep 3, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT
College of Charleston named Earl Grant as its new head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday evening. He will be formally introduced at a press conference at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, September 5, which can be watched by clicking here
Grant previously spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach under Brad Brownell at Clemson, where he made a positive impact on the Tiger men’s basketball program, both in recruiting, and with player development. He worked primarily with Clemson’s point guards.
Known as a top recruiter, Grant personally signed 10 of Clemson’s 15 players recruited by Brownell’s staff. He was Clemson’s lead recruiter for players such as Austin Ajukwa, Jaron Blossomgame, Gabe DeVoe, Ibrahim Djambo, Sidy Djitte, Hall, K.J. McDaniels and Patrick Rooks.
Prior to Clemson, Grant spent six years as an assistant coach under former College of Charleston assistant coach Gregg Marshall, the last three for him at Wichita State from 2007-10. He is a native of North Charleston, S.C.
Grant’s hiring drew praise from several prominent former and current coaches.
Former CofC head coach Bobby Cremins:
“I am really happy for Earl (Grant) and I like him very much. He has worked under some great coaches. I know it’s a dream come true for him to be back home in Charleston. I hope the players will give him everything they have. I wish him and the College of Charleston much success.”
Former CofC head coach John Kresse:
“I have known Earl Grant for 14 years dating back to when he worked our basketball camps at The College. I am delighted that we have chosen a rising star in the basketball world. Earl will bring a very positive, energetic and genuine style to our basketball program. Earl has been a very proven and polished assistant coach having worked for two of the best and most successful coaches in the profession in Gregg Marshall and Brad Brownell.”
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell:
“I want to thank Earl Grant for all of the hard work and dedication he’s brought to our program these past four years. Earl is an outstanding coach with a unique gift for connecting with young people. His positive outlook on life, passion for the game of basketball and ability to connect with people will serve him well in his time at Charleston. This has certainly been a great year for our program, from a berth in the NIT semifinals, to watching K.J. McDaniels drafted into the NBA, to Earl achieving his dream of being a head coach. A lot of positive things are happening for Clemson basketball, and we look forward to another successful season in 2014-15.”
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