UNC Wrestling Staff
A.J. Grant
Assistant Coach
Former University of Michigan All-America A.J. Grant is in his eighth season as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of North Carolina. He is in his seventh year as a full-time assistant and works with the lightweights on technique and training.

Grant has worked with Atlantic Coast Conference champions Drew Forshey, Jared Royer and Evan Sola, who brought home conference titles at 125 and 133 pounds over the last five seasons. Sola also finished sixth at the 2005 NCAA Championships. In the 2008-09 season, Mike Rappo was the ACC runner-up and an NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds.

A standout 125-pounder at Michigan and letterman from 1999-2003, Grant earned All-America honors in 2001 and `03 with a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. As a senior, Grant was the 125-pound runner-up at the Big Ten Championships and posted a 34-9 overall record. He was ranked fourth in the final polls by both InterMat and Amateur Wrestling News. Grant went 116-58 during his collegiate career and is ranked 14th on the Wolverines' career victories list.

Grant also earned a fifth-place finish at the 2002 University nationals. He graduated from Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management.

The 30-year-old Grant is a native of Clarkston, Mich., and a 1999 graduate of Clarkston High School. He earned prep All-America honors and won Michigan state titles in 1998 and `99. Grant went 196-9 during his high school career and lost just one match in his final three seasons.

Additionally, Grant captured a Greco-Roman national championship in 1996 and was a three-time Greco-Roman All-America (1996, 1997, 1999). He was also a freestyle All-America from 1996-99 and earned NHSCAA All-America honors with a fourth-place finish.

Grant came to Chapel Hill from Northville High School in Northville, Mich., where he served as head wrestling coach for one season.

He resides in southwest Durham with his dog, Apollo.

Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Michigan, 2003
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