Quinton Ferrell

College of Charleston hires third assistant for Earl Grant’s staff

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College of Charleston first-year head coach Earl Grant completed his coaching staff on Thursday, as the school announced the hiring Quinton Ferrell as an assistant coach.

“Quinton Ferrell is a young coach I have watched grow over the years,” Grant said in a statement. “He has a great future in our profession, because of his ability to connect. His work ethic, sincerity and his ability to develop relationships will allow him to recruit great players to Charleston. Quinton is very familiar with the state of South Carolina which will allow us to keep talent in the state.”

Ferrell, a 2007 graduate of Presbyterian, was with Army last season as an assistant coach. His coaching career began in the 2007-2008 season with his alma mater, as the Blue Hose made the transition into Division I basketball. Bridging those two stints at Presbyterian and Army was a one-year stay at The Citadel in 2012-2013. Grant hired longtime Citadel assistant J.P. Powell as the CofC’s director of basketball operations on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Grant hired his first assistant, Dick Bender, who he spent four years with a Clemson. Grant is retaining assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean from the previous staff. For a portion of the summer, Reynolds Dean served as the acting head coach while the school suspended Doug Wojcik for the month of August before eventually relieving him of his head coaching duties.

Now that Grant has his staff in place, his focus will be on the start of the college basketball season, which is a week away. Due to the events of this summer, the Cougars go in with less preparation as a program. CofC brings back three of its top four scorers, though, only one of those returnees scored in double figures, in what was a struggling offense in 2013-2014. But the Colonial Athletic Association has an uncertain outlook. Delaware, Towson and Drexel have all lost key pieces while William & Mary has the top returning scorer in Marcus Thornton and Northeastern and Hofstra have the foundations to make a jump into the top half of the conference.

College of Charleston opens its season on Nov. 14 at Furman.