USF Names Former Hornets' Aide David Grace Assistant Basketball Coach
Former Sacramento State assistant replaces Denny Hinson on Evans' staff
July 12, 2007
University of San Francisco basketball coach Jessie Evans today named David Grace, who served as an assistant at Sacramento State last season, as USF's new men's assistant basketball coach.
Grace replaces Denny Hinson, who resigned to become assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., where he had previous served on the staff.
"We are very happy to have David join our staff," said USF head coach Jessie Evans. "He is a young man with a great background and excellent recruiting contacts. Coach Grace is already hard at work."
Last season at Sacramento State Grace assisted with academics, recruiting, on floor coaching and scouting, while also working with the team's back court.
Grace spent the previous two years as the head coach at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., where he led the Jaguars to a 5A Div. II state championship last season. The team went 29-4 and the state title was the first for South Mountain since 1992. In addition, he led the team to a state playoff appearance in 2004-05. One year prior to his arrival, South Mountain had finished just 4-17.
A native of Aberdeen, Md., Grace was head coach of the Arizona Magic in 2004, leading the team to a national ranking of 21st, and an eighth place finish at the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas. The eighth-place finish was the best in the history of any AAU team from the state of Arizona.
Grace also coached the Compton Magic in 2005 and 2006. With the Magic, Grace helped develop players Lawrence Hill (Stanford), Joey Shaw (Indiana), Harvey Perry (Washington), Christian Polk (Arizona State), Ray Murdock (San Diego), James Anderson (BYU), Nkem Ojougboh (Northeastern), Tim Maiden (Texas-San Antonio), Bryson Krueger (Arizona State), Devon Evertsen (Grand Canyon via Boston College), Luis Ahmundson (Sacramento Kings) and Derek Wabbington (Harlem Globetrotters) among others.
Prior to his stint at South Mountain, Grace spent four years (2000-04) as an assistant varsity coach at Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix. That team reached the Final Four in 2003, and was ranked among the top 40 schools in the nation by The Sporting News prior to the 2003-04 season. During his time at Trevor Browne, Grace helped develop Ty Morrison (Creighton), Daren Jordan (Oral Roberts) and Kaleo Kina (Navy). Grace, who spent 20 years in the Air Force, is a 2003 graduate of Park University in Parkville, Mo., where he graduated cum laude with a degree in human resources and a 3.67 GPA.