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Bob Grant
Position: Director of Athletics
Alma Mater: Wright State
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 23 Years
Phone: 937-775-2771
Email: bob.grant@wright.edu
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Bob Grant Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/01/2011

Passion, student centeredness, dynamic fund raising, new facilities, the hiring of top notch coaches, and fiscal responsibility are all hallmarks of Bob Grant's tenure as Director of Athletics.

Department highlights under Grant's direction include:

Student-Athlete

  • Current streak of 33 straight terms with Wrights State student-athletes having a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
  • Complete revamping of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; this committee is now a model for other Horizon League schools.
  • Partnered with Growth Dynamics to develop the first ever professionally done student-athlete annual survey.
  • Hosting of annual dinners for each team at Grant's home.

Fund Raising

  • Obtained $150,000 gift for soccer lights.
  • Led successful $4M campaign to build new basketball training facility.
  • Finalized $1M bequest to turf soccer, construct concession stand, team rooms at soccer and install lights at softball.
  • Completed $900,000 capital project to turf baseball and construct new press box.
  • Secured largest alumni gift in Wright State history, $1.2M bequest.

Program Management/Budget

  • Reduced spending by over $1.2M from 2009-2012.
  • Hired Coaches-of-the-Year in men's basketball, baseball, softball, women's soccer, tennis and golf. Grant hires have gone on to coach at BCS schools in softball and men's basketball.
  • Initiated first ever strategic planning process for athletics and updated that plan in 2012.
  • Wright State basketball teams appeared on National Television a WSU-record ten times in 2013-14.

Prior to being named Wright State's third Director of Athletics, Grant's experience at WSU involved him in nearly every aspect of college athletics.  Grant instituted changes to improve the fan and the student-athlete experience such as the Raider Lounge, Kids Zone, "Lights Out" introductions for basketballs and a new Raider branding within the Nutter Center.   Grant implemented a comprehensive fund raising plan for athletics that is still in use today.  Grant has had extensive sport supervision experience, closely overseeing virtually every team on a day-to-day basis at one point in his career.  This supervision involved Grant in all facets of these programs including scheduling, recruiting, academics, discipline and annual evaluations.  Grant directed the development of all-new athletic logos, resulting in a significant increase in the university's licensing revenue. He served on the university's licensing committee, oversaw the marketing and promotions area and directed the Hall of Fame voting/induction process. Among his professional highlights, Grant was a 1994 NCAA speaker/presenter at the annual NACDA conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and was awarded the 1998 Wright State President's Award for Excellence in collaboration.  He currently chairs the NCAA Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet.

Grant was an adjunct instructor in the Raj Soin College of Business and also graduated from The Sports Management Institute. Grant received his MBA in marketing from Wright State in June, 2000.  He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Braden.