By Kevin Sweeney
Looking to continue the momentum of a program having incredible success, Dayton will look to a Flyer alum to take the reigns of the program.
Multiple media reports are confirming that Anthony Grant will be the next head coach at Dayton. The 50-year old Grant takes over for Archie Miller, who recently took the head coaching position at Indiana.
Grant, currently an assistant on Billy Donovan’s staff for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has previous collegiate head coaching experience, with a highly successful 3-year run at VCU before spending 6 seasons at Alabama before being fired following the 2014-15 season. He also worked under Donovan as an assistant at Florida prior to his time at VCU.
Among the other candidates reportedly considered for the vacancy were Northern Kentucky head coach Dan Muller, Dayton assistants Kevin Kuwik & Tom Ostrom, Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, and numerous others.
Grant enters a program departing 4 starters from this season’s A10 championship roster. It will be critical for Grant to retain as much of the highly-touted 5-man recruiting class currently committed for next season. That said, it’s possible that Grant could retain some of the current coaching staff in order to hold onto these recruits. If much of that class departs, the Flyers could be facing a rebuilding year.