Talladega College has selected a new key leader to direct the HBCU in athletics and more. Learn more in the release from Talladega College below.

Talladega College President Dr. Gregory J. Vincent announces the selection of Michael Grant as the college’s new vice president and athletic director. Grant, who comes to Talladega College with over 35 years of intercollegiate experience, began his new role Friday, July 1. 

Talladega College benefitted from a highly competitive applicant pool. However, Michael’s unique blend of experiences, commitment to student-athlete development academically and athletically, and his inherent desire to take Talladega College athletics to the next level resonated with the college’s interview panel of key stakeholders and college president. 

“I am excited to welcome Coach Michael Grant to the Talladega College family,” says Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, president of Talladega College. “We have found a passionate leader with a breadth of experience that understands the college’s mission and is committed to ensuring our scholar-athletes are successful on and off the field, court, and track. I look forward to Michael directing the future of our program. We will build upon our traditions, explore innovative ideas to remain competitive, recruit top scholar-athletes, and serve the Talladega College family and community by boosting campus and community pride and engaging in meaningful civic engagement activities.”  

In his new role as Vice President and Athletic Director, Grant will serve as the cornerstone of the athletic department. He will oversee all operational activities while enhancing our championship culture where credible leadership, commitment, accountability, clear communication, trust, and putting Talladega College’s scholar-athletes first are a mainstay.   

“My family and I are excited about the future of Talladega College athletics and are honored to become a member of the Talladega College family,” says Michael Grant, new vice president and athletic director for Talladega College. “I want to thank President Vincent for the opportunity to lead this department. His passion for competition and contending at the highest levels, both on and off the field, are evident. I look forward to working alongside President Vincent and the Talladega College supporters to build championship-level teams we all will be proud of.”

Ahead of accepting the position at Talladega College, Grant served as the Associate Director of Athletics at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Before present, Michael honed his skills as a record-producing basketball coach and athletic administrator at Coppin State, Stillman College, Southern University, and Central State University. In addition, Grant’s basketball acumen helped him coach and develop his younger brother Gary Grant. In 1988, Gary was a basketball standout at the University of Michigan. He was named the Big TenPlayer of the Year and was the 14th overall pick in the NBA draft. In addition to his coaching and administrative duties, Michael continues to play an active and essential role in intercollegiate sports by serving as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committee, and the NAIA National Championship Tournament Committee. Michael’s commitment to student development in the classroom and playing field is rooted in his experience as a former student-athlete a Malone University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Coach Grant will impart wisdom from a player, coach, and administrator perspective, which will help our student-athletes succeed. 

Joining Michael on his new journey is his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Charmane Grant. Together Michael and Charmane raised three successful children, Chris Grant (Commissioner Southland Conference), Raynesha Grant (Morehouse School of Medicine), and Lauren Grant (Sr. Consultant Deloitte Company). 

Grant succeeds former athletic director and women’s head basketball for Talladega College Kevin Herod, who now serves as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Langston University.