Grant first worked for Donovan for two seasons at Marshall (1994-96) and went with Donovan when Florida hired him in 1996. He spent 10 seasons on the Gators' bench as an assistant to Donovan until getting his first head coaching opportunity at VCU in 2006.
“I'm looking forward to getting down [to Gainesville] and doing what I love to do," Grant said. "I have a lot to get familiar with. I'm the new guy coming in. I know Billy and the staff were disappointed with the results last year, but there are some good pieces in place and the roster, I feel, will be talented next season."
After three seasons as the Rams head coach, Grant was hired by Alabama in 2009. He was fired by the Crimson Tide on March 15.
Grant, who turns 49 on Wednesday, has an overall 193–110 head coaching record and went to three NCAA tournaments. He is a Florida native who grew up in Miami.
Florida finished 16–17 this season and missed postseason play for the first time since 1996-97, Donovan's first season as the Gators head coach.
- Phil Watson