Providence looked to one of its own for its next boys basketball coach, hiring 2007 graduate Andrew Grantz to lead the program on Monday night.
Grantz, 25 years old, succeeds Lou LeFevre, who went 175-52 in 10 seasons with the Pioneers. LeFevre, who owns an overall record of 461-196 in 27 seasons, is expected to be hired as Tipton’s new coach on Tuesday night. His contract with Providence was not renewed.
Grantz has spent time in the Providence feeder system as a volunteer varsity assistant, assistant freshman coach and junior high coach. He is taking a tremendous step forward.
“There’s a little bit of pressure, but it’s exciting and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Grantz said. “Providence is a special family to me. I’m trying to bring in a new generation of Providence basketball. We’re going to stress the importance of family.”
Grantz also served as an assistant coach at IU Southeast and Pittsburg State.
Providence athletic director Mickey Golembeski said Grantz fits the program.
“His knowledge of the game, coupled with his success at the college level, will no doubt be a big asset,” Golembeski said. “He knows Providence, he understands the importance of being and developing student-athletes. Coach Grantz will put our players first and push them to be the best they can be, on and off the court.”
Grantz wants to build on the success of LeFevre, who won two Class 2-A regional titles during his tenure.
“Coach LeFevre did very good job on the court with the guys,” Grantz said. “I hope that our team will be efficient offensively, with a lot of movement on the offensive end, similar to Wisconsin and Butler. I want us to be tenacious and have the highest level of enthusiasm and effort of any program in Southern Indiana.”
“I am honored to take over a program that I care deeply about. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Justin Sokeland can be reached at (502) 582-4059.