Tuesday , Apr , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

VCU tabs Florida assistant as new men’s hoops coach

Richmond, VA (Sports Network) – Virginia Commonwealth has named Anthony Grant
its new men’s basketball coach. He replaces Jeff Capel, who left earlier this
month to take the vacancy at Oklahoma.

Grant had been an assistant at the University of Florida for the past 10
seasons and helped the Gators to their first national championship earlier
this month.

“Bringing in Anthony Grant, a national champion, to lead our men’s basketball
program is very exciting,” said outgoing athletic director Dr. Richard L.
Sander. “Anthony is a star. Coach Grant is an exceptional recruiter, he is a
tremendous teacher, a superior coach and an even better person. His addition
to VCU positions us for greatness.”

Grant had served as Florida head coach Billy Donovan’s top assistant, and also
worked with Donovan for two years at Marshall before going with him to
Gainesville. He was an assistant for one year at Stetson after a seven-year
stint as a prep coach in Miami. Grant’s teams at the high school level
captured three state titles with an overall record of 172-11.

“We are extremely proud and excited to have Anthony join the VCU family,” said
soon-to-be VCU athletic director Norwood T. Teague, who will take over for the
retiring Sander in July. “He brings the experience, the recruiting ability and
the drive that will continue to help build VCU men’s basketball. I look
forward to working with him for a long time. The future of VCU is very

Grant played collegiately at the University of Dayton from 1983-87. He
averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds, helping the Flyers to a pair of NCAA
Tournament appearances.

“I appreciate Dr. Sander, President [Eugene] Trani and Mr. Teague giving me
this opportunity,” said Grant. “There is an obvious commitment on behalf of
the administration to athletics and men’s basketball in particular, to put us
in a position to compete for championships.”

The Rams were 19-10 last season and will return three starters among eight