UD men's basketball head coach Anthony Grant names coaching staff
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The University of Dayton men's basketball head coach Anthony Grant has announced the coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Associate head coach Anthony Solomon, assistant coach James Kane, assistant coach Ricardo Greer and assistant to the head coach Darren Hertz will join the staff for Grant's first season as head coach of the Flyers.
"I'm very happy to announce our full staff," Grant said. "I think we are a staff whose strengths will complement each other, but there are two critical areas where there is a lot of common ground. They are all high-character men, and each one is very good at creating and establishing relationships, whether it is relationships with our current players and our recruits, their families or people in the Dayton community."
Anthony Solomon will return to the Flyers for the second time, after spending the 2007-08 season as a Flyer while a member of Brian Gregory's staff. He's spend 29 years coaching college teams, including stops at Virginia, which is his alma mater, two stops at Notre Dame, and one at each Clemson and Georgetown.
Solomon earned four letters at Virginia from 1983-1987, when the team made three NCAA Championship appearances, earned one NIT berth and won 78 games. He was also a member of the 1984 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle. After his work there, he went on to coach at Bowling Green, Manhattan, Richmond, Virginia, Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure, where he served as head coach, before coming to Dayton for his first stint. He then went back to Notre Dame for a few years, before being on the staff at Georgetown for one year.
"Anthony is well-thought of in the college basketball circles for his knowledge of the game and the type of person he is," Grant said. "He is a known quantity nationally, and especially well-connected in the Midwest. He has coached at some of the most-respected programs in the country, and he understands what Dayton basketball means to the community after being here for one season and being a visiting coach at the Arena."
James Kane previously worked with Grant as a video coordinator at Alabama from 2009-11, so and also worked as a graduate assistant and video coordinator at VCU.
He started his coaching tenure at Murray State where he worked for the past six seasons, becoming part of MSU's 31-2 campaign in his first season at the school, where the Racers were ranked for 13 weeks and were in the tio-10 for the first time in school history. He was also there as the team won 25 straight games, becoming the first in school history and only second all-time to go undefeated ni the Ohio Valley Conference at 16-0.
Kane also reportedly has a reputation of being excellent in the technology area, and has been heavily involved in the player development, recruiting and game planning.
He graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in sports management, and went on to get a master's in sports management from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership.
"I'm excited to bring James to our staff at Dayton," Grant said. "He is an extremely hard worker who was a very valuable member of our staffs at VCU and Alabama, and he as brown into the role of a top-flight assistant coach in his time at Murray State. Every place he has been, he has been a part of a winning basketball program."
Richardo Greer served as the University of Central Florida's Director of Player Development for the past two seasons. He played collegiate at the University of Pittsburgh from 1997-2001, for the Dominican Republic national team from 1999-2009, and professionally in Europe for 14 seasons.
While playing at Pittsburgh, he lead the Panthers in both scoring and rebounding during his junior and senior seasons, and was the only player in the Big East to rank in the top 15 in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. His playing earned him All-Big East honors during both seasons.
While playing in Europe, Greer was named First team All-league in the French Pro-A league 3 times, was a 5-time French Pro-League All-Star and won the Pro A League MVP in 2010. He also lead his team to championships in 2005 and 2008, earning Finals MVP honors for the first title.
"Our players will benefit greatly from having Ricardo on our staff," Grant said. "His experiences around the world on the court will help our players relate to him, and his presence as a leader will help make him an excellent coach. He did a fine job at Central Florida and I look forward to working with him here on our staff."
Darren Hertz comes to UD with 21 years of experience, most recently working as a special assistant to head coach John Groce at Illinois over the past two seasons. He spent 19 seasons fro 1996-2015 at the University of Florida under Billy Donovan, working on the same staff that Grant did from 1996-2006.
Hertz began as a student assistant in '96 and worked his way to Video Coordinator in 2001. In 2005, he became assistant to the head coach, and was promoted to director of basketball operations in 2013.
While he was working with Florida, the Gators totaled 467 wins, 2 national championships, 4 Finals Fours, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, 6 Southeastern Conference regular season championships and 4 SEC tournament titles.
"I'm very happy to have Darren on our staff," Grant said. "He knows inside-and-out what we want to implement as we install system and style of play. He will be involved in analyzing every aspect of our program and will be directly in charge of our analytics. He will not only analyze our opponents, but also analyze our own efficiency and constantly look for ways for us to become a better basketball team."