It hasn't been the easiest transition to DI for Bryant. Since they became postseason eligible in 2012-13, they never made it past the NEC championship. In the 2017-18 season, the Bulldogs won a mere three games. It was hard to pack the Chace Athletic Center, once which is filled with white Bryant T's back in their DII days. Then Jared Grasso came in. A man who knew how to build a roster, build a culture, and get fans of Bryant back into school spirit. Last night, the punched their ticket to March Madness for the first time ever.
Last year, we were privilege to speak with Coach Grasso, who is a basketball guy from the minute he picked one up. The son of a coach, he went on to become a 4-year starter and 2-year captain at Quinnipiac, where he ranks 23rd on the Bobcats’ all-time scoring list. Grasso talked with us about his tactics to build a championship at Iona, and going to the NCAA Tournament five times.
Grasso takes us through his decision to seek greener pastures at Bryant, his mentality of turning a 3-28 program into an NEC competitor, and purging recruits from powerhouse programs like Rutgers.
A year later, and those words and plans are now a reality. The Bryant University Bulldogs are NEC Champions.
To commemorate their first ever trip to March Madness, we introduce to you "Dawgs To The Dance". Get them before the big game!