One of the most important things when a new coach is brought in is who he will bring with him. The coaching staff he hires is a huge part of what kind of success that will hopefully follow. Bobby Petrino seems to have put together a great staff here at the University of Louisville. While we were all pretty attached to the former staff, this one seems to be solid as well.
Tony Grantham, Todd’s brother, was named the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville also on Thursday after spending the last six seasons at the Naval Academy.
Tony Grantham, in addition to serving the past six seasons as Navy’s outside linebackers coach, has been with the Naval Academy for 10 years overall.
He was influential in guiding Navy to a 9-4 record last season and a win over Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The 2013 Navy team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games, beat Army, and win a bowl game. The Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.
“Tony is a great young coach,” said head coach Bobby Petrino. “I like what he did at Navy and am excited for him to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm to Louisville. Tony is a great addition to our defensive staff.”