Safiya Grant Named Director Of Women's Basketball Operations

June 24, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Head Women's Basketball Coach Phil Seymore announced the addition of Safiya Grant as the program's Director of Basketball Operations on Thursday, June 24. Grant played NCAA Division I basketball at the University of Virginia for Head Coach Debbie Ryan from 2000-04.

Grant spent the 2009-10 season as the head freshman basketball coach at Wauwatosa West High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also worked full-time as a customer service representative for Metavante Corporation; a position she held since 2007.

During her time at Virginia, Grant played 93 games for the Cavaliers and appeared in the starting line up 43 times. She totaled 282 points, 93 rebounds, 88 assists and 40 steals in her career. She also served as a student-athlete mentor at Virginia, participating in various community service and outreach programs.

Grant earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Virginia in 2004. After graduation, she spent two seasons as a media relations assistant for the women's basketball program. While serving in that role, she created and coordinated press releases, programs, statistics and records. Grant also helped design and update the team's website, wrote feature stories and arranged interviews.

Prior to attending Virginia, Grant was a three-year starter and team MVP at Central Park East High School in Bronx, N.Y. She helped guide her team to a 51-15 record and led her team in scoring and assists each season.

"Safiya will be a great addition to our program," Head Coach Phil Seymore said. "She played for a hall of fame coach in Debbie Ryan at Virginia, and strong AAU organization [NYC Gauchos]. She has a good understanding of what it takes to succeed at this level on, and more importantly, off the court. She will have a strong impact in helping our young players make the transition from high school to college, and our older student-athletes continuing their transition through college."



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