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Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Anthony Grant named new Dayton Head Coach

Flyers pluck Thunder assistant just prior to playoffs.

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Billy Donovan’s long-time friend and current assistant coach, Anthony Grant, has been named the new head coach at Dayton University.

"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."

Grant boasts a 193 - 110 coaching record with 3 NCAA tournament appearances; two with VCU and one with Alabama. He was a Donovan assistant during Florida’s national championship run in 2006 and been by Donovan’s side during both his season’s with the Thunder.

A three starter during his playing days, averaging 11.6 pts and 6.7 rebounds in his career, Grant returns to his alma mater with high expectations:

"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 will be formally introduced as head coach on Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. ET.