Grantham returns for his third stint at the Naval Academy
By Gary Lambrecht
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Tony Grantham is entering his sixth year at Navy as the outside linebackers coach and his 10th year overall.
Navy has compiled a record of 40-25 (.615) since Grantham's return to Annapolis five years ago, beating Army all five times, earning four bowl bids, winning three Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and beating Notre Dame twice.
Grantham helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 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.
The win over Army marked Navy's 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals. Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13).
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.
Navy posted a 5-7 record in 2011 that included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. Navy played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. The Mids finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8).
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game.
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15 straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl. The defense finished 18th in the country in scoring defense (19.4 points per game) and sixth in red zone defense.
The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy's first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy's victory the previous week over Rutgers. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks.
Grantham returned to the Naval Academy in the spring of 2008 after spending one year at Campbell University, where he served as the linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator for the Fighting Camels.
Grantham spent fours years at the Naval Academy coaching 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.
Grantham joined the Naval Academy staff after two seasons as a graduate assistant at LSU under current Alabama head coach Nick 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 #2 Tennessee, knocking the Vols out of the BCS title game. LSU went on to win the Sugar Bowl. In 2002, LSU finished as Co-Champions of the SEC Western Division and played in the Cotton Bowl. Additionally, the Tigers finished the season ranked fifth nationally in total defense.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Eastern Illinois University where he coached the Panthers outside linebackers and special teams. EIU, behind the play of a then unknown quarterback named Tony Romo, advanced to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.
Grantham's brother, Todd, is the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.
Grantham is a 2000 graduate of Radford University where he received his degree in physical education. He is married to the former Mollie Dexter and they have a son, Jacob, and daughter, Ruth Kasey.