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Athletics

Athletic Director Dave Grant

Dave Grant was the head baseball coach from 1979-2009. His first year, he replaced the only other baseball coach in GCC history, Herb Boetto. In his 30-year tenure, Grant has been named ACCAC/NJCAA Region I coach of the year four times, and his teams have advanced to the NJCAA World Series twice. In 2002, he was named by the Arizona Baseball Coaches' Association to the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he was named to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In the 2007 season, Grant surpassed the 800 win mark at GCC, running his career record at GCC to 812-698.

Four of Grant's former players have made it to the major leagues after leaving GCC: Paul LoDuca, who has played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, and Florida Marlins; Jeff Huson, a ten year player with the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs; Randy McCament, a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants; and Eddie Bonine, a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. Numerous other players have signed professional contracts and/or extended their careers at Universities like Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, Texas A & M, the University of Florida, the University of Southern California, Washington State University, and many more.

Beside his work at GCC, Grant has also been extensively involved with USA Baseball, and he served as the head coach for the 2001 Junior National Team which won a silver medal at the COPABE games in Cuba. He also served as an assistant for the 1996 USA Junior National team, which won the silver medal at the World Tournament held in Bandon, Alberta, Canada. He is a regular participant at the USA National Team trials and has frequently assisted in the selection process for the USA National Team.

In 2002, Grant was named head coach of the NJCAA All Star baseball team which played host to the Chinese National team for a 5-game Friendship Series in Millington, Tennessee. Grant is also currently serving as President of the NJCAA Baseball Coaches' Association and is a member of the Lefty Gomez Committee, which annually selects the recipient of the Lefty Gomez Award, one of amateur baseball's most distinguished awards.

Grant and the former Lisa Wallace, his wife of 31 years, have three children: Myles (30), Jeanette (27), and Lee Anne (25).



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