Prior to being named head coach at Charleston, Grant served as an assistant coach at Clemson University and an assistant coach for six years under former College of Charleston head coach Gregg Marshall at Wichita State. Grant has also served as an assistant coach at Winthrop University and The Citadel. A native of North Charleston, South Carolina, Grant went to Rifle Brigade Stall High School.\r\nHe played college basketball at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II level at Georgia College for two years.
He led Georgia College to consecutive Peach Belt Conference championships and the Elite Eight of the 2000 National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. Grant graduated from Georgia College in 2000 with a bachelor"s degree in psychology.\r\nGrant began his coaching career as an assistant at The Citadel under Pat Dennis from 2002 to 2004. Gregg Marshall hired Grant as an assistant at Winthrop University in 2004, and when Marshall left to take the head coaching gig at Wichita State in 2007, he brought Grant along with him.
Grant was hired as an assistant at Clemson in 2010, serving under Brad Brownell.\r\nGrant recruited future National Basketball Association player K.J. McDaniels to Clemson. On September 2, 2014, Grant was hired as the head coach of the College of Charleston, replacing Doug Wojcik. Dennis, Marshall, and Brownell all praised the hire “We are thrilled to welcome Earl back home and to the College of Charleston,” athletic director Joe Hull said.\r\n“He will bring great energy and excitement to our program
He has learned the game from terrific coaches and is ready to lead the Cougars. We need to hit the ground running and Earl is ready to do that.”.