The College of Charleston and head men's basketball coach Earl Grant have agreed on a new contract that'll keep him coaching the Cougars thru 2022.
The deal is the first major contract conducted under new athletic director Matt Roberts' watch.
“Our men’s basketball program’s success on-and-off the court is the direct result of Earl Grant’s leadership and commitment to the College of Charleston,” Roberts said. “He and his staff have done a tremendous job in just three short years of turning our program into a competitive one in the CAA. We feel he is on the verge of taking us to the next level and national stage.”
Grant has been instrumental in turning the program around. The Cougars won 25 games this year and were one win away from the NCAA tournament. He was also named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2017.
“Earl Grant is an exceptional coach who had a terrific season, culminating in a NIT Tournament berth and recognition as CAA Coach of the Year,” College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell said. “Coach Grant has great energy and truly cares about the development of his players – on-and-off the court. Coach Grant is building The College’s basketball program into a conference powerhouse – one that’s built to last. He continues to be the right person to lead our Cougars into our next chapter of greatness, and I’m thrilled he will be at The College for at least another five years.”
The College returns several key starters next season including leading scores Joe Chealey, Jarrell Brantley and Grant Riller.
“It is a testament of the efforts put forth by our players, assistant coaches and support staff,” Grant said. “We are very thankful for President Glenn McConnell, Director of Athletics Matt Roberts, the Board of Trustees and their willingness to show a strong commitment to our program. Our goal from the beginning was to put forth an effort that would move Charleston Basketball forward.”