Anthony Grant Named NABC Guardian Of The Game; Talks about VCU game, UD undefeated at home and Top 25 season

By Bert Leeson

Anthony Grant (photo by Erik Shelkun, courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

Anthony Grant UD M BKB coach Postgame Press Conference 3 8 2024 #25 Dayton 91 VCU 86.mp3

Anthony Grant Named NABC Guardian Of The Game



Flyer Coach One Of Five To Be Honored At NABC Convention In April




KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has been selected to receive a “Guardians of the Game” award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The awards are presented each year at the NABC Convention to NABC-member coaches, administrators and contributors who embody the NABC’s core values of leadership, service, education, advocacy, and inclusion.

Grant’s honor is for Education.  Receiving the other four 2024 NABC Guardians of the Game awards are: Baylor coach Scott Drew for Leadership; longtime Division III coach Dan Priest for Service; former Missouri coach Norm Stewart for Advocacy and Saguaro High School (Ariz.) coach Lucas Ramirez for Inclusion.

“Coaching is about much more than on-court results,” said NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson. “The NABC’s Guardians of the Game platform showcases coaches’ unique ability to make a positive impact on our society. These Guardians of the Game awards are among our industry’s most prestigious honors, and I commend each of this year’s recipients for how they live out the NABC’s core values.”

This year’s Guardians of the Game will be recognized on Friday, April 5 at the NABC Convention in Phoenix during Final Four weekend.

Grant’s citation from the NABC reads as follows:

NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Education – Anthony Grant, Dayton head coach
“This season marks Anthony Grant‘s seventh as the head coach at Dayton, where he has led his alma mater to five 20-win seasons and the 2019-20 Atlantic 10 regular season title. Prior to his tenure at Dayton, Grant reached three NCAA Tournaments and four NITs during head coaching stints at Alabama and VCU. After the tragic passing of his daughter Jayda in 2022, Grant and his family have become fierce advocates for mental health education. This past October, Grant developed the Spotlight Town Hall in honor of his late daughter to champion adolescent and young adult mental health and suicide prevention. The event featured a mental health resource fair and was held adjacent to a charity exhibition game (with Ohio State) that raised funds for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio.”

Grant and his wife Chris established Jay’s Light, a foundation dedicated to shining light on mental health.

To learn more about Jay’s Light, please click here.