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New coach Grant says recruiting Baltimore will be key at Coppin

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Coppin State University has named Michael Grant as its new head men’s basketball coach. He is Coppin State’s sixth head men’s basketball coach since 1964.

A fifteen-year veteran, who has won 56 percent of his games, Grant comes to Coppin State from Division II Stillman College, where he was the head coach for the last six years., Grant was also the head coach from 2003-05 at Southern University (La.) where he replaced the legendary Ben Jobe.

“There are two things that we were looking for in our men’s basketball coach,” Coppin State president Mortimer Neufville said. “The graduation rate and an ability to build programs. He’s graduated over 80 percent of his student-athletes and everywhere he has been, he has won.”

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, Grant amassed a six-year school record of 100-73. In 2012-13, the Tigers finished the season with an 18-10 overall mark and a 12-5 SIAC record. Center Torrean Walker ranked first in the SIAC and seventh in Division II in blocked shots per game while guard Jeffrey Wherry finished first in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Tigers led the SIAC in assists, blocked shots, scoring offense and three-pointers made per game.

“This was another opportunity for me to build a program,” Grant said. “I am excited to be here and looking forward to playing an exciting brand of basketball. The way we play. There will be nobody in this conference that will be able to play the way I play. We’re going to get up and down the floor. We’re going to run and press. Every team that I’ve coached over the last 15 years, we’ve led the conference in scoring. Our goals are to make sure we’re scoring over 80 points per game and leading the conference in rebounding and steals.”

During the 2010-11 season, he guided Stillman to a 24-8 overall mark, a 19-5 conference record, second place in the SIAC and to the regional final of the Division II South Regional. The Tigers finished the season eighth in the NCAA with three-pointers made (9.4 per game) and blocked shots (4.2 per outing).

“We believe he’s the best fit for our program,” Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey said. “He has experience replacing a legendary coach, which is important. We’re excited to have coach Grant join the Coppin State family.”

Credited by former players as a “disciplinarian,” Grant’s coaching genius was first established at NAIA-turned-Division II member Central State (Ohio) University. In seven seasons, Grant led the Marauders to three 20-win campaigns and only one losing season—his first in 1996-97. During the 1999-00 season, Grant led Central State to the program’s first victory in the NAIA National Tournament since 1979. By the end of his seven-year tenure at the school, Grant had become only the fourth Central State coach to have won more than 100 games in his career with the school.

Grant began his coaching career at his alma mater, Malone College in Ohio, where he first studied under Hal Smith as a student assistant. Grant then served on Smith’s staff in 1985 as a full-time assistant before heading to the University of Michigan as a graduate assistant where he helped coach and develop his younger brother Gary Grant, who eventually became the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988. Gary Grant was the 14th overall player chosen in the 1988 NBA draft.

Grant also coached at Kentucky State University, Alleghany College, Cleveland State University, and the University of Toledo.

The Eagles will begin their season in November. A complete 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule will be released at a later date. One of Grant’s biggest goals is to recruit from Baltimore and keep the talent within city limits.

“We have to show Baltimore some love,” Grant said. “We have to be able to make sure we take care of home. Once we get one recruit from here, the rest will follow. I am looking forward to having an opportunity to go out in the community and meeting all of the high school coaches and building Coppin State starting at home first.”

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Coppin State receives NCAA pilot program grant

Posted on 12 December 2012 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Coppin State University is one of six institutions to receive a National Collegiate Athletic Association pilot program grant designed to assist limited-resource schools in developing and enhancing systems to increase student-athlete academic performance.


Coppin State will receive $300,000 in grant money each year for the next three years beginning in January 2013 and is one of only four institutions to receive the maximum grant amount.


“I am firmly committed to the importance of high academic performance by today’s intercollegiate student-athletes, especially in light of the challenges confronted by those who compete on the Division I level,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan. “This grant from the NCAA will help identify ways to support even better the academic performance of student-athletes at Coppin State, where the tradition of success in intercollegiate athletics is well-established.”


In August of this past year the NCAA Executive Committee approved $4.8 million in funding over the next three years for the pilot program. The Limited-Resource Institutions Grant Program Pilot will be administered by the NCAA national office staff and includes reporting requirements to hold institutions accountable for properly using the funds and to better measure the initiative’s success.


“News of the NCAA grant speaks to Coppin State University’s commitment to our student-athletes beyond the court,” said Coppin State President Reginald Avery. “This grant will enable Coppin State to support our student-athletes with enhanced technology, increased student and faculty engagement and additional staff.”


Coppin State completed a rigorous application process which detailed methods in which the University could enhance the academic performance of its student-athletes both in the short, and long, term. The NCAA also required a commitment from institutional personnel to ensure engagement and accountability from the University.


“This grant is in recognition of the wonderful work that Coppin State’s athletic department is already doing with its student athletes and that these support programs need additional resources to ensure each of our student athletes reaches their full academic potential,” said Coppin State Vice President of Administration and Finance Richard Siemer. “Coppin State is committed to providing matching funds during the period of the grant and sustaining funds thereafter.”


Division I institutions in the non-Football Bowl Subdivision and in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid were eligible to apply for the program.


Institutions were able to request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years.  As part of the request, they are required to match grant dollars each year of the program with either direct funds or in-kind contributions. In the first year the institution must commit a 25 percent match, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three.


Grant recipients were selected by a committee made up of representatives from the NCAA membership and staff. The group considered several criteria including presidential oversight, involvement of key staff, goals identified by the institution, the institution’s ability to match grant funds, the demonstrated sustainability of the initiative, the institution’s history in APP, and institution’s infractions history.


“This is an incredible opportunity for Coppin State University,” said Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey. “It’s just a tremendous shot in the arm for the athletic department. Aside from the revenue generated through playing guarantee games this is the largest infusion of financial support we have ever received. We have to be smart with it, we have to produce with it and we have to show results from it.”


During the application process Coppin State detailed eight initiatives which, if supported by the grant, would enhance the academic performance of its student-athletes. The initiatives included funding of summer school and winter session, hiring additional staff in the academic services area, the creation of a faculty enrichment program and peer mentoring program, purchasing technology that would create a mobile athletic computer lab for student-athletes while traveling, designating resources to support academic readiness, allocating funds to develop a broad based Academic Progress Rate plan, the development a fifth-year degree completion program to increase real-time graduates and the creation of a campus-wide Academic Progress Rate team.


“The most important aspect to me is the $90 thousand we have earmarked in each of the three years for the summer school and winter session,” added Ramsey. “In the past, we have been able to fund summer school and winter session through the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund, but that money has diminished in recent years forcing me to be very selective in who we could enroll in summer school and winter session classes. With this grant we are now able to include all of our student-athletes in these programs.


“Combining the grant funds with the Summer Academic Success Academy program basically allows us to fund our student-athletes for all four years. In the SASA program, the student-athletes can earn 10 credits as freshmen and then we can place our sophomores, juniors and seniors in summer school and winter session to ensure graduation.”


Ramsey views the grant as an opportunity to elevate Coppin State to new heights in the academic arena.


“Our goal is to graduate our student-athletes in three and a half years and enroll them in graduate school for their final semester,” he said. “We are going to work very hard. We are going to be more efficient and more thoughtful in our approach to making the most of this grant. This gives us more support, but we still need to be very strategic in terms of how we utilize the funds.”


California State-Northridge, Jackson State, Tennessee State, Morehead State and Norfolk State were the other institutions that will receive the grant in addition to Coppin State.

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