OKC assistant Anthony Grant hired as Dayton head coach

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant reacts to a call during a game against Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on February 08, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

In a turn of events, the Dayton Flyers have hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Anthony Grant as their new head coach the school announced on Thursday morning.

Grant, who has been an assistant for the last two seasons with the Thunder as a part of Billy Donovan’s first coaching staff. Before joining the Thunder, Grant was the head coach at the University of Alabama from 2009-2015.

“Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity,” Dayton athletic director Neil Sullivan said in a statement. “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.”

Grant played for the Flyers from 1983-1987. Former Flyer head coach Archie Miller left to take the head job at Indiana. He was a three-year starter at Dayton and averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career.

“I am honored and humbled to be the head coach at the University of Dayton,” Grant said in a statement. “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.”

Oklahoma City is 92-58 in two seasons with Grant as an assistant.

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