Tony Grantham enters his fourth year at the Naval Academy and his third as assistant outside linebackers coach.
Grantham was part of a staff that did a remarkable job in 2005 with a defense that returned just three starters from the year before as the Mids ranked 62nd in total defense (377.3) and scoring defense (26.1) as the Mids appeared in a school-record third-straight bowl game, won a school-record second-straight bowl game and won a school-record third-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
One of Grantham's players, Tyler Tidwell, finished 14th in the nation in tackles for a loss, averaging 1.58 per contest, and was named the defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl.
In 2004, Grantham's efforts helped Navy finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), go to back-to-back bowl games for the second time in school history, win the Emerald Bowl (just the fifth bowl win in school history) and win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in back-to-back years for only the second time in school history.
In 2003, Grantham was part of a defensive staff that saw great improvement on the defensive side of the football as the Mids finished 14th in the nation in pass defense, 42nd in pass efficiency defense, 34th in total defense and 34th in scoring defense.
Grantham came to the Naval Academy from LSU where he was a graduate assistant for two seasons for current Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. While in Baton Rouge, Grantham spent one year working with the offensive side of the ball and one year with the defense.
In 2001, the Tigers went 10-3 and won the SEC Championship. LSU blew out Illinois in the Sugar Bowl and ended up ranked seventh in the nation. In 2003, the Tigers were Co-SEC Western Division Champions and participated in the Cotton Bowl. LSU, which finished 8-5, was ranked fifth nationally in total defense.
Before going to LSU, Grantham was a part-time coach at Eastern Illinois, where he was part of a staff that led the Panthers to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the I-AA playoffs. Grantham coached outside linebackers and assisted with the special teams.
Grantham has also coached at the prep level, serving as an assistant coach at Christianburg High School in Virginia (1995-96 and 1998-99).
His brother Todd is the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns.
Grantham is a 2000 graduate of Radford where he received his degree in physical education. He is married to the former Mollie Dexter of Byron, I Ill.