May 21, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball has completed its coaching staff for the 2012-13 season with the hiring of Safiya Grant. Grant comes to Loudonville following a two-year stint as the Director of Basketball Operations at Providence College and joins Margaret Carey and Jack Castleberry in completing new head coach Ali Jaques' first staff.
"Coach Grant is a tremendous addition to our staff," said Jaques. "Her experience playing at Virginia and her professional experience coaching at Providence bring a lot to our program. I am really excited to have the chance to work with her and I'm sure she will hit the ground running and be a great recruiter and coach for us."
Grant, 29, worked under Phil Seymore at Providence from 2010-12 where the Friars won 26 games in her two seasons with the program. Grant oversaw the team's day-to-day operations, managed schedules and arranged team travel amongst other duties.
"Coach Jaques has a great vision for the future of Siena Basketball and I am excited that she has given me the opportunity to help her achieve that," said Grant. "I am excited to get started and am looking forward to accomplishing great things at Siena."
Grant began her coaching career as the head freshman basketball coach at Wauwatosa West High School in Milwaukee, Wis. from 2008-10. While in Milwaukee, Grant also worked full-time as a fraud and dispute investigator for the Metavante Corporation.
Grant played point guard under legendary head coach Debbie Ryan at the University of Virginia from 2000-04. She appeared in 93 games including 43 starts for the Cavaliers and played in three NCAA Tournaments. Named the team's Most Improved Player following her junior season, Grant totaled 282 points, 93 rebounds, 88 assists and 40 steals during her collegiate career.
A native of Bronx, N.Y., Grant earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Virginia in May 2004. Immediately following graduation, she spent two years as a media relations assistant at her alma mater.
Grant was a three-time team MVP in high school at Central Park East. She averaged 28 points and eight assists as a senior and led her squad to a 51-15 overall record. Additionally, she was a Juilliard-schooled violinist.