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Chris Grant
CAS alum becomes GM of NBA team

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Chris Grant

While excelling in his studies, Grant spent three years on the Torero basketball team, further developing his love of the sport, and his leadership role both on and off the court.

In June 2010, Chris Grant '94 became the new general manager of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, making him the ninth GM in franchise history. The announcement came as no surprise from an organization that has benefited from Grant's hard work and leadership since he joined the franchise in July 2005. Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavaliers, said that "Chris is not what you'd call a classic rookie GM. He's very experienced and we feel very good about him. He's very creative and smart and was instrumental in a lot of the things we've done."

Grant assumes this position at a crucial time in the team’s history, and will immediately be tasked with finding a new head coach to replace his former Torero teammate, Mike Brown. Brown and Grant played together on the Torero basketball team in the 1990s under the coaching leadership of current Cavaliers Assistant Coach Hank Egan.

While working to find a new head coach, the Cavaliers are also hoping to keep Lebron James, who is a free agent this year. With such pivotal changes all happening at once, Grant is focused on finding the right person for the job as head coach. "Whether you have a free agent, whether you don’t have a free agent – hiring the head coach is always the most important hire. Because that’s the toughest job in the organization."

Chris Grant

"…hiring the head coach is always the most important hire. Because that's the toughest job in the organization."

Chris Grant

Grant’s experience within the NBA has prepared him for these important leadership decisions. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Grant spent nine years with the Atlanta Hawks, working in a variety of roles including vice president of basketball operations and assistant manager. In 2008 the Hawks offered him the general manager position, but he opted instead to stay with the Cavaliers.

Grant received his BA in psychology from USD in 1994, and continued on to get his MED in educational leadership in 1996. While excelling in his studies, Grant spent three years on the Torero basketball team, further developing his love of the sport, and his leadership role both on and off the court. Following his education in the liberal arts, Grant joined the NBA, working for the Atlanta Hawks. He currently resides in Ohio with his wife Kelly and their three sons, Cameron, Boden and Hudson.

-Lyndsey Scully

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