Grant Pate -- Assistant CoachThe Ouachita basketball staff is excited to welcome back assistant coach Grant Pate this season.Pate was an assistant coach at Ouachita from 1994-99 before he left to join the staff at his alma mater, Mississippi.Pate
, a 1990 Ole Miss graduate, returned to Oxford in August 1999, joining Rod Barnes' staff as the program's administrative assistant.
...After three years in that role, Pate was promoted to assistant coach for two seasons and as the coordinator of basketball operations for a year.
While at Ouachita
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, Pate served as an assistant coach at Arkansas-Monticello from 1992-94.
two seasons on the Runnin'
Weevils staff, Pate
helped guide Monticello to consecutive appearances in the NAIA postseason.
The Runnin' Weevils won 18 games in each of Pate's
two seasons and set 12 school records.
Following 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 and then was a student assistant his final two years.