Grant returns to Florida staff

Florida coach Billy Donovan didn’t waste time replacing assistant coach Matt McCall, and he's bringing a familiar name back to Gainesville.

Florida announced that former Alabama coach Anthony Grant is joining the staff as an assistant coach. Grant previously served as an assistant coach under Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2002, adding the associate head coach title from 2002-06.

“We're very excited to have Anthony back on our staff,” Donovan said. “He's obviously familiar with our program, and he is an outstanding coach and recruiter, so he adds great value to our staff and our team.”

Grant was fired as the head coach at Alabama following the 2014-15 season.

“I’m extremely appreciative of Coach Donovan extending the opportunity to me to return to the University of Florida,” Grant said. “It’s a great chance to return a place I love and have fond memories of, and I look forward to helping the staff build on the tradition and success that Coach Donovan has created.”

After helping the Gators to the 2006 national title, Grant was named the head coach at VCU. In three years as the head coach, Grant helped the Rams to a 76-25 record, including a first-round upset of Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Grant was also named CAA Coach of the Year in 2007.

He left VCU to become the head coach at Alabama, where he was for six seasons. Grant posted a 117-85 record as the coach of the Crimson Tide, leading them to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

A native of Miami, Fla., Grant started his college career as an assistant coach at Stetson during the 1993-94 season before heading to Marshall. Grant spent two years as an assistant under Donovan and came to Gainesville with him in 1996.

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