Former UK assistant Boyd Grant who was on Joe B. Hall’s first UK staff (1972-74) has died at age 87, according to a statement posted online on Aug. 17, 2020.
So sadden to hear of the passing of former UK assistant Boyd Grant who was on Joe B. Hall’s first UK staff (1972-74). He left UK to be head coach at College of Southern Idaho, then Fresno St and Colorado St. He was 87. Grant is standing next to Kevin Grevey (35). @KentuckyMBB pic.twitter.com/y6S3pDFWA8
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) August 18, 2020
— Bill McEwen (@Fresnomac) August 17, 2020
Boyd Grant was a legend – the start of red wave. He will be missed & he left a legacy in the players he coached & mentored to become men & leaders in our community! ❤️🎉 https://t.co/OagjF83gUs
— Michelle Williams (@williams32pm) August 18, 2020
Cause of Death.
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The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
I attended all of Boyd Grant’s summer camps when he was the head coach at the College of Southern Idaho. He led the Golden Eagles to JC national championship in 1976. I will never forget how fired up he would get talking about defense.
— Rory Richeson (@Roryr43) August 18, 2020
When I think of Boyd Grant and Fresno I remember Bill Mulligan’s line, when he was at Irvine:
“Boyd can recruit all those foreign guys because they think they’re coming to California.”
— Jim_Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) August 18, 2020
I told my dad this news and he said: “He was a great coach !!! Yes he couldn’t recruit the most talented players so he overcame that with great defense. He did have a defense coach Ron Adams who is now an assistant coach for the a Warriors.”
— Phil (@MediumSizePhil) August 18, 2020
Jimmy Marchini wrote
RIP Boyd Grant. Condolences to his family, to include his extended family of players who were blessed to play for him. One of the greatest coaches in Fresno St. history. For those around in ’83 who can forget the NIT Championship won in NY, and the following parade in Fresno celebrating our Bulldogs? His defeat of Houston and Akeem Olajuwon? A very sad day for all Fresno St. fans.
- Patricia Gragnani GrahamRemember the game and Boyd Grant may he rest in peace.Marvin SimpsonGreat coach Jimmy great records out of Idaho JC NIT put Fresno on the map saw many games inFresno with the teams in 1962-1966 Grant will be missed.Kathy Armas Salas wroteWe were living in New Jersey at the time and my brother, Rick, flew back there for the game. Of course he stayed with us.