Grant Pate Named Rebel Basketball Assistant Coach

June 16, 2005

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss head basketball coach Rod Barnes has announced that he has recommended the hiring of Grant Pate for the vacant assistant coach position. The appointment is pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Pate has been with the Rebel program for the last six years, and had been serving as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations.

"The chemistry of the staff is excellent right now, and Grant is the person that helps bring us all together," Barnes said. "Grant's loyalty and work ethic are unmatched. He has accomplished everything I've ever asked, and I know he'll succeed in this capacity."

Pate, a 1990 Ole Miss graduate, returned home to Oxford in August 1999, joining Barnes' staff as the program's administrative assistant. During his time with the Rebels, Ole Miss has recorded four winning campaigns and advanced to four postseason berths.

Pate came to Ole Miss from Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark., where he was an assistant coach on the Tiger staff since 1994. While at Ouachita Baptist, Pate helped direct the Tigers to the NAIA Division I postseason in 1995, 1996 and 1997. In the 1996-97 campaign, the Tigers won 17 games (17-10 record), the team's most victories in 10 seasons. Pate also helped the Tiger program sign Jarris Kentle, who was named the MVP of the 1999 Arkansas Class 4A state tournament.

Prior to his time at Ouachita Baptist, Pate served as an assistant coach at Arkansas-Monticello from 1992-94. In his two seasons on the Runnin' Weevils staff, Pate helped guide Monticello to consecutive appearances in the NAIA postseason in 1993 and 1994.

Following his first season at UAM in 1992-93, he assisted in the recruitment of two highly-touted players in Chris Daniels and Johnnie Reece. Daniels was named the MVP of the Arkansas High School All-Star Game in the summer of 1993, while Reece was a McDonald's and Street & Smith's high school All-America pick. The Runnin' Weevils won 18 games in each of Pate's two seasons and set 12 school records.

After graduation from Ole Miss in 1990, Pate was named a graduate assistant coach at the University of West Alabama, where he joined Barnes on Rick Reedy's staff.

As an undergraduate at Ole Miss, Pate was a member of the Rebel basketball program for three seasons from 1987-90. He served as equipment manager his first season (1987-88), and then was a student assistant his final two years (1988-89, 1989-90). The 1989 Rebel team received a bid to the NIT, and the 1990 squad advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament.

 

 

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