Steve Grant, Women's Volleyball Head Coach

Steve Grant
Steve Grant
Title: Head Coach (1982-)
Phone: 503-554-2917
Email: sgrant@georgefox.edu

Steve Grant, whose tenure at George Fox University is the longest of any current coach, has been at the helm of the program since 1982, having established the program as one of the most consistent winners in the nation during that time.

In Grant's 33 years at George Fox, the Bruins have ended the season on the plus side of the ledger 21 times, including 13 straight winning records from 1987 through 1999. With more than 600 wins, he ranks 14th in victories among currently-active NCAA Division III coaches, and 22nd all-time among D-III coaches.

Grant's teams have made their mark in postseason play as well. While a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, George Fox won NCCAA national championships in 1984 (30-10) and 1987 (33-22), and each time he was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year. While holding dual membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the same time, he was named NAIA District 2 Coach of the Year for leading the Bruins to outstanding seasons in 1984 and 1990 (31-13).

Two Grant-coached teams have won conference championships. His first team in 1982 (17-14) captured the crown in the Women's Conference of Independent Colleges, the predecessor to the Northwest Conference. In 1998, while a dual member of both the NAIA and the NCAA, the Bruins went 31-8, won the Northwest Conference regular season and tournament titles, and reached the NAIA National Tournament in Kankakee, Ill., for the only time in team history. Grant was named NWC Coach of the Year for that success. During the 1990s, five of his athletes won NAIA All-American awards, and five were named NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes.

In the summer of 2007, Grant was named associate director of intercollegiate athletics at George Fox, taking on additional duties that included chairing the Sports Hall of Fame Committee and various game management responsibilities. He served in that capacity until 2014. He has also served as chair of the health and human performance department since 2003, and was honored by his peers with the 2006-07 Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching. He also served as an assistant coach with the men's basketball program at George Fox until 1995.

Grant is a 1969 graduate of Biola University, where he was athree-sport athlete. As a guard for the basketball team, he was named team MVP both his junior and senior years. He earned First Team All-Conference, All-District, and All-Far West honors as a defender on the Eagles' soccer team, and played baseball his freshman and junior years. He remained at his alma mater upon graduation for two years as a basketball and soccer assistant coach.

In 1971, Grant moved to Salem, Ore., to become head boys' basketball coach and head baseball coach at Salem Academy. In 1975, he switched from baseball to volleyball. From 1981-82, Grant coached the women's basketball team and was head men's soccer coachat Western Baptist College (now Corban University) in Salem.

Grant, who also earned a master's degree in education from Linfield College in 1985, lives in Newberg with his wife Kathy, an admissions counselor for the Continuing Education Department at George Fox. They have two sons, both married and living in the Portland area.

SteveGrant's CoachingLedger

 

Year

Record

Pct.

Conf.

Pct.

TeamHonors

1982

17-14

.548

 
 

WCIC 1st

1983

14-17

.452

 
 
 

1984

30-10

.750

 
 

NCCAA national champions

1985

17-15

.531

 
 
 

1986

15-15

.500

 
 
 

1987

33-22

.600

 
 

NCCAA national champions

1988

30-13

.698

 
 
 

1989

27-18

.600

 
 
 

1990

31-13

.705

 
 
 

1991

24-17

.585

 
 
 

1992

28-20

.583

 
 
 

1993

28-18

.609

 
 
 

1994

16-15

.516

 
 
 

1995

22-11

.667

10-4

.714

NWC 2nd (tie); NWC Tournament 2nd

1996

19-13

.594

11-5

.686

NWC 3rd; NWC Tournament 3rd (tie)

1997

23-5

.821

14-2

.875

NWC 2nd; NWC Tournament 2nd

1998

31-8

.795

15-1

.938

NWC 1st; NWC Tournament 1st;

NAIA National Tournament

1999

19-7

.731

12-4

.800

NWC 2nd

2000

7-15

.318

5-11

.313

NWC 7th

2001

19-5

.792

11-5

.686

NWC 3rd

2002

20-6

.769

11-5

.686

NWC 3rd; #23 national ranking

2003

12-14

.462

7-9

.438

NWC 5th (tie)

2004

13-12

.520

8-8

.500

NWC 4th

2005

12-11

.522

7-9

.438

NWC 5th (tie)

2006

10-17

.370

6-10

.375

NWC 5th (tie)

2007

10-13

.435

5-11

.313

NWC 7th (tie)

2008

12-14

.462

6-10

.375

NWC 6th (tie)

2009

17-7

.708

10-6

.625

NWC 3rd (tie)

2010

11-15

.423

6-10

.375

NWC 4th (tie)

2011

10-15

.400

5-11

.313

NWC 7th (tie)

2012

9-14

.391

7-9

.438

NWC 5th (tie)

2013

12-12

.500

7-9

.438

NWC 5th (tie)

2014

4-22

.154

3-13

.188

NWC 8th

33 yrs

602-443

.576

166-150

.525

 

 

Grant'sHonors

1984        NAIA District 2 Coach of the Year

1984        NCCAA National Coach of the Year

1987        NCCAA National Coach of the Year

1990        NAIA District 2 Coach of the Year

1998        NWC Coach of the Year

 

Grant’sMilestone Wins

150 - 2-1 (12-15, 15-9, 15-7) vs. Southern Oregon at Monmouth,Ore. (Western Oregon State Tournament), 10/15/1988

200 - 3-1 (15-13, 17-15, 7-15, 15-11) vs. Western Oregon,10/9/1990            

250 - 2-1 (4-15, 15-12, 15-12) vs. Linfield, 9/26/1992

300 - 2-1 (8-15, 15-8, 16-14) vs. Pacific (Ore.) at Monmouth,Ore. (Western Oregon State Tournament), 10/7/1994

350 - 3-1 (10-15, 15-8, 15-9, 15-7) vs. Linfield, 11/2/1996

400 - 3-2 (15-3, 15-9, 3-15, 11-15, 15-13) vs. Puget Sound atMonmouth, Ore. (NAIA Pacific Northwest Sectional), 11/13/1998

450 - 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-23) vs. Lewis & Clark,11/3/2001

500 - 3-1 (30-32,30-20,30-27,30-26) vs. Willamette,9/23/2005

550 - 3-1 (19-25,25-21,25-15,25-23) at Pacific (Ore.),10/3/2009   

600 - 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14) vs. Pacific (Ore.), 9/19/2014