After nearly a decade away, Anthony Grant is headed back to the swamp. The longtime Florida Gators assistant announced on his Twitter page that he would be returning to Gainsville as an assistant coach.
— Anthony Grant (@UFCoachGrant) April 13, 2015
Grant held the same position from 1996-2006 and was part of the coaching staff of the 2006 national championship team.
Grant was most recently the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He spent six seasons there before being fired back on March 15, having taken the team to the NCAA tournament in 2012. Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Grant was also the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth for three years and won two CAA championships with the Rams. On the whole, he owns a 193-110 career head coaching record.
But now he’s going back to where it all began, at least after assistant coaching stints at Stetson and Marshall.
Grant will be back on the sidelines with longtime Gators coach Billy Donovan, continuing to mold young talent as the team looks to reestablish itself as an SEC powerhouse.
Heck, maybe Grant could end up being the heir apparent to the head coaching position in Gainsville, particularly if Donovan is offered and decides to accept a job in the NBA.
All in all, this is a significant hire for Florida, even if it is just an assistant’s position.
If Donovan decides to leave Florida for the professional ranks, Grant’s hiring and potential promotion is definitely going to be something to watch.
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