The University of Colorado made it official on Friday by naming Bill Grier to the men's basketball coaching staff.

As reported earlier this week, Grier replaces Rodney Billups on head coach Tad Boyle's staff. Billups left CU following the season to take the head coach job at his alma mater, the University of Denver.

Grier spent the past season as an assistant at Oklahoma State but is mostly known for his work as the head coach at the University of San Diego and, previously, as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Gonzaga.

Grier led San Diego to the 2008 West Coast Conference tournament championship and a first-round win against UConn in the NCAA Tournament. In his 15 years at Gonzaga (10 as the recruiting coordinator), Bulldogs players won the WCC Player of the Year honor six different times.

Grier also served as Gonzaga's defensive coordinator, helping the Bulldogs to a league-leading mark in defensive field goal percentage six times. Boyle was quick to note Grier's wealth of experience as a recruiter, particularly on the West Coast, as a key addition to the Buffs' program.


"We're fortunate to be able to add a guy like Bill Grier to our coaching staff because he brings a wealth of experience," Boyle said in a statement. "Most importantly he has recruiting contacts on the West Coast and internationally. He's one of those guys that I knew if I ever had an opening on our staff, he was a guy that I wanted to go after ... we're lucky to have him.

"Anytime you have the opportunity to hire a former head coach it's a plus. It's not a requirement to be a good assistant, but I think when guys have been head coaches and then they become assistant coaches they're better assistant coaches because they understand what the head coach is going through; they understand the issues, they understand the decisions that have to be made."

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