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David Grace, men’s basketball assistant coach and head recruiter, fired

UCLA men’s basketball assistant coach David Grace was fired on Saturday night. Grace also served as the program’s head recruiter, helping the Bruins achieve top-five recruiting classes in four of his five seasons with the team. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

By Ryan Smith

April 15, 2018 5:33 pm

UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford fired assistant coach David Grace Saturday night, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported.

Grace was informed of UCLA’s intent to replace him prior to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in March, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. However, Bolch reported Grace seemed unclear about whether it was ultimately Alford or UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero who made the decision.

UCLA Athletics was not immediately available for comment.

Grace has been on Alford’s staff since 2013 and helped recruit top-five classes in four of his five seasons with the Bruins. UCLA has the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation for the upcoming season.

Grace is expected to be replaced by Murray Bartow, a former head coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and East Tennessee State with 19 years of NCAA coaching experience, according to Goodman. Goodman added the transition will likely take place when Grace’s contract expires at the end of June.

The move should not affect the Bruins’ most recent recruiting class. In the last three years, Grace helped recruit players such as Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, Aaron Holiday and Shareef O’Neal.

Grace has been linked to coaching jobs and most recently came up in talks regarding Fresno State’s head coaching vacancy earlier this month.

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Ryan Smith | Alumnus
Smith joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2020. He was the Sports editor for the 2018-2019 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Smith joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2020. He was the Sports editor for the 2018-2019 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
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