College of Charleston hires former Clemson assistant Earl Grant as coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson assistant Earl Grant has been named the College of Charleston new men's basketball coach, ending a nearly monthlong search since the firing of Doug Wojcik.
College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell and athletic director Joe Hull announced the hiring on Tuesday.
Wojcik was fired after his second year with the Cougars.
Grant will be introduced on campus Friday. He spent the past four seasons on Clemson's staff. Before that, Grant served six years as an assistant for Gregg Marshall at Winthrop and Wichita State. He also was an assistant at the Cougars' crosstown rival Citadel from 2002-04.
"I believe the College of Charleston has a boundless opportunity with Coach Earl Grant, and I am confident he will help launch a new beginning full of excellence, teamwork and success," McConnell said in a release from the school. "Earl inherits a team that has bonded together during the past months and has shown character, fortitude and leadership. I am very proud of how this team has stood up to adversity."
Grant, a 37-year-old native of North Charleston, came out on top in a search that included Wofford coach Mike Young, former Charlotte head coach and current North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz and one of the Cougars' most popular players in former NBA standout Anthony Johnson.
Grant has about two months until the Cougars play a home exhibition against Emory on Nov. 8th. They open the regular season on Nov. 14th against Furman. Less than a week later, College of Charleston starts the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament in San Juan against defending national champion Connecticut.
Hull, Charleston's AD, said in the released that Grant is eager to begin.
"He will bring great energy and excitement to our program," Hull said. "He has learned the game from terrific coaches and is ready to lead the Cougars. We need to hit the ground running and Earl is ready to do that."