Meet New U of L Special Teams & Inside Linebackers Coach, Tony Grantham



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.”

In 2012, Tony Grantham helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime, and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.

Under Tony Grantham’s tutelage, outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel was named a first-team Academic All-American and was named to the All-Independent team by a nationwide media panel.

The 2009 season was one of the program’s best, as Navy tied a school record with 10 wins, while appearing in a seventh-consecutive bowl game, a school best. The defense finished 18th in the country in scoring defense (19.4 points per game) and sixth in red zone defense.

Tony Grantham returned to the Naval Academy in the spring of 2008 after spending one year at Campbell, where he served as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

He served four years at the Naval Academy, training the defensive line and outside linebackers from 2003-06. Navy posted a 35-15 record in Grantham’s four years in Annapolis, winning four-straight Commander-In-Chief’s trophies and appearing in four-straight bowl games.

Tony Grantham joined the Naval Academy staff after two seasons as a graduate assistant at LSU under current Alabama head coach Saban. While in Baton Rouge, Grantham spent one year working on the offensive side of the ball and one year working on the defensive side.

In 2001, the Tigers went 10-3 and won the SEC Championship game over No. 2 Tennessee, knocking the Vols out of the BCS title game. LSU went on to win the Sugar Bowl. In 2002, LSU, which finished the season fifth nationally in total defense, shared the SEC Western Division title and played in the Cotton Bowl.

He began his collegiate coaching career at Eastern Illinois, where he oversaw the Panthers outside linebackers and special teams. EIU, behind the play of quarterback Tony Romo, advanced to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs, and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.

Grantham, a 2000 graduate of Radford University, received his degree in physical education. 

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