By Fred Cromartie, Ed.D. |
The United States Sports Academy continues to strive to meet its mission of making contributions to the field of sport by preparing men and women for the profession of sport. The spotlight will shine on the Academy and its alumnus Dr. Gary Grandison.
Texas Southern University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Kevin Granger announced on July of 2020 that 12-time Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Dr. Gary Grandison was promoted to head men’s and women’s golf coach at Texas Southern University.
Grandison was the fourth head coach in the history of the program. The prior season, Coach Grandison served as an assistant under Hank Stewart who is now retired.
“Dr. Grandison brought instant credibility to Texas Southern University golf programs as his overall body of work on the national level and success in the SWAC speaks for itself,” said Granger. With the utmost confidence from the AD Coach Grandison grow the program into one that competed regionally and nationally on a consistent basis.
Prior to his arrival at TSU in the fall of 2019, Grandison served as head coach at Alabama State University and transformed the program into one of the top programs in the region and one of the most dominant programs in the SWAC with a combined total of 13 men’s and women’s SWAC Championships and 12 NCAA Regional appearances. He produced multiple Academic All-Americans and has had a multitude of student-athletes compete professionally. His teams also fared and performed well above the NCAA Academic Performance Rate threshold including several NCAA Public Recognition Awards for perfect APR scores. He’s a Hall of Fame coach with a total of 15 champions credited to his golf coaching career and he made a tremendous impact at each program stop.
Dr. Grandison earned his Master’s in Sports Science (1999) and a Doctor of Education in Sports Management (2003) from The United States Sports Academy. Dr. Grandison has also served in academia as an assistant professor and an interim chairperson additionally, working with Nike, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama Sports Festival, and the PGA Tour.
Dr. Cromartie is the Director of Doctoral Studies at the United States Sports Academy.