Anthony Grant, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
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Anthony Grant, Ph.D., begins his fifth year as director of Athletics at MSU Denver this fall after being named to the position in July 2015. Grant oversees 16 NCAA Division II teams, nearly 250 student-athletes and 50 coaches and staff members.
Since his arrival, Grant has emphasized a student-athlete-centered focus and a commitment to aligning the mission of the Athletics Department with the overall mission of the institution. During this time, he has hired eight head coaches and established key relationships with the MSU Denver community and civic leaders throughout Denver. In addition, Grant was instrumental in enhancing the national exposure of Roadrunners Athletics by hosting a successful 2016 NCAA Division II Spring Sport Festival and by MSU Denver being named the host site of the NCAA D-II Softball World Series, NCAA D-II Volleyball National Championship and NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional in the coming years.
The 2017-18 season proved to be a breakout year for Grant as he announced the department’s 2017-20 Strategic Plan, titled “Building Our Legacy: Continuous Pursuit of Excellence.” He was instrumental in negotiating a new partnership with Nike and Eastbay to bring jerseys and apparel to MSU Denver Athletics while including promotions to enhance fan experience. The Athletics Department also received a transformational gift for student-athlete scholarships, which led to the naming of the Cohen Center for Athletics at the Regency Athletic Complex.
Under Grant’s leadership, all teams continue to perform well athletically and academically. In 2017-18, men’s and women’s tennis won regular-season and conference-tournament championships. Three teams advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament: volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s tennis. The department also had a record number of student-athletes make the Athletics Director Honor Roll in fall 2017, with 89 achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Formerly, Grant served as interim director of athletics at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and as associate director of athletics for seven years. He also held the position of athletic academic coordinator at the University of Iowa for two years.
Grant currently serves as chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee and the RMAC Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has become involved in organizations within the surrounding Denver community, including the Denver Metro Leadership Foundation, Teach for America Colorado (board member) and the Denver Sports Commission (board member).
Grant holds a master’s degree in sport and recreation from Temple University and a doctorate in health and sport studies with a specialization in athletic administration from the University of Iowa.