Grant previously spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach under Brad Brownell at Clemson, where he made a positive impact on the Tiger men's basketball program, both in recruiting, and with player development. He worked primarily with Clemson's point guards.“I believe the College of Charleston has a boundless opportunity with Coach Earl Grant, and I am confident he will help launch a new beginning full of excellence, teamwork and success,” McConnell said. “Earl inherits a team that has bonded together during the past months and has shown character, fortitude and leadership. I am very proud of how this team has stood up to adversity.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Earl back home and to the College of Charleston,” Athletic Director Joe Hull said. “He will bring great energy and excitement to our program. He has learned the game from terrific coaches and is ready to lead the Cougars. We need to hit the ground running and Earl is ready to do that.”
"I am really happy for Earl and I like him very much," said former CofC coach Bobby Cremins. "He has worked under some great coaches. I know it's a dream come true for him to be back home in Charleston. I hope the players will give him everything they have. I wish him and the College of Charleston much success."Legendary CofC coach John Kresse, who was part of the search committee formed by McConnell said, "I have known Earl Grant for 14 years dating back to when he worked our basketball camps at The College. I am delighted that we have chosen a rising star in the basketball world. Earl will bring a very positive, energetic and genuine style to our basketball program. Earl has been a very proven and polished assistant coach having worked for two of the best and most successful coaches in the profession in Gregg Marshall and Brad Brownell."
He recruited 2014 first-team All-ACC selection K.J. McDaniels to Clemson, where he ultimately ended up averaging 17 points per game as a junior and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, before declaring early for the NBA Draft. McDaniels was selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.Grant's now former boss at Clemson, Brad Brownell released a statement on Tuesday night saying "I want to thank Earl Grant for all the hard work and dedication he's brought to our program these past four years. Earl is an outstanding coach with a unique gift for connecting with young people. His positive outlook on life, passion for the game of basketball and ability to connect with people will serve him well in his time in Charleston."