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January 8, 2009

All Access with David Grace

I had a chance to sit down with Oregon State University assistant basketball coach David Grace on his recent visit to Arizona.

Today is a historic day, as he will coach in his first road game of the Pac-10 season, in the state of Arizona, where he was a big influence in the basketball community.

Grace won an Arizona high school state basketball championship with South Mountain High School in 2006. He also coached club basketball with the Arizona Magic, Compton Magic & Boo Williams in his days before his college coaching career.

He spent one season at Sacramento State (2006), and San Francisco (2007), before his stop in Corvallis, Oregon.

He was also named Head Basketball Coach at Deer Valley HS in the summer of 2008, but decided at a short notice to take an offer from first year coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President elect Barack Obama.

It was a dream come true for an honest, hard working person who cares about everybody and a person who would never have nothing, but a smile on his face when you meet him. A person who has no enemies and thinks basketball 24/7. One day, David Grace hopes to be a head coach in college or the NBA.

Here is a brief question & answer with Oregon State's David Grace . . .

Q: What are some of the aspects of Oregon State University that led you to take the job?

Grace: An opportunity to work with Craig Robinson, Doug Stewart and Nate Pomeday. I also wanted to work at a prestigious University in OSU and the Pac-10 Conference.

Q: In your opinion, what are the most important factors into building a winning program?

Grace: Accountability and setting high standards to achieve. Also the team must be well disciplined, on and off the court.

Q: Is there a philosophy you teach that you would like your players to follow?

Grace: We want our kids to work hard, be honest and make the most of your 24 hours given each day.

Q: Who are some of the top players you have coached over the years, and where are they now?

Grace: Kaleo Kina (Navy), Lawrence Hill (Stanford), Christian Polk (UTEP), Derek Wabbington (Harlem Globetrotters), Ty Morrison (NBDL), Taylor Rohde (Arizona State), Harper Kamp (California), Zane Johnson & Jamelle Horne (Arizona), Louis Amundson (Phoenix Suns), ,b>CJ Watson (Golden St Warriors), and Jerryd Bayless & Channing Frye of the Portland Trailblazers.

Q: From going 0-23 last season, when was the last time Oregon State won a Pac 10 game?

Grace: February 22, 2007, before upsetting USC in overtime last Sunday.

Q: What are the most enjoyable parts of being a college coach?

Grace: Getting a chance to help young people reach their goals and being around great individuals in the coaching profession.

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