Generals' Grant steps down

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

After eight seasons as Shiloh’s girls basketball head coach, Dale Grant is stepping down.

Grant announced his resignation earlier this week after the Generals went 3-22 this season.

“The administration was kind of wanting the head coach to be in the building,” Grant said. “The AD wanted that and I’ve taught at the elementary school the last three years. When I heard that, I just went ahead and resigned.”

Shiloh had three players transfer at the beginning of the school year and one of its two returning starters was injured to start the season. Those losses contributed to Shiloh losing its first 15 games of the year and finishing 3-22, which included a 3-14 mark in Region 8-AAAAA. The Generals defeated Grayson in the region tournament play-in game, but were knocked out the next round by Parkview.

“We just had a rough season,” Grant said.

Grant had a record of 114-110 in his eight seasons as Shiloh’s head coach. He also spent two years as an assistant. In his first three years he posted three 20-plus win seasons, including a school-record 25-6 mark in 2003-04.

Grant’s most successful season was in 2005-06 when the Generals went 20-9. Shiloh beat No. 4 ranked South Gwinnett in the semifinals of the region tournament on the way to program’s second region title.

Grant’s teams made the playoffs five times, but reached the second round just once.

Shiloh’s future coach should have an experienced and talented group to coach next season. The Generals graduate four seniors and have two starters back. Shiloh Middle’s eighth-grade team recently won the county championship.

“My daughter graduated from Shiloh, I live in the cluster, so I still plan on being around,” Grant said. “I’m a Shiloh guy.”