David Grace begins his first season as an assistant coach at UCLA in 2013-14.
Grace arrived at UCLA after serving as an assistant coach the previous five seasons (2009-13) at Oregon State. In five years with the Beavers, Grace helped lead the program to their most wins (78) since the 1988 to 1992 seasons. In addition, Oregon State made three trips to the postseason College Basketball Invitational (CBI), including a 5-1 run in the 2008-09 tournament, giving the Beavers the national tournament championship.
In 2011-12, the Beavers won 21 games, reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time in more than two decades. Likewise, Oregon State had registered their second winning season since 1989-90. The Beavers averaged a school record 78.9 points per game, leading the Pac-12 in scoring for the first time in school history. Oregon State also had one player lead the conference in field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots.
In 2010-11, Grace helped Oregon State secure signature wins over Elite Eight participant Arizona, Pac-10 regular-season champion Washington and NCAA Tournament participant USC.
During Grace's second season with Oregon State (2009-10), the Beavers finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 standings, equaling its highest finish in more than five years. In his first season (2008-09), Oregon State advanced to the national championship in the CBI.
Working with head coach Craig Robinson in Corvallis, Ore., Grace assisted in all aspects of Oregon State's program and was instrumental in bringing four nationally-ranked recruiting classes.
Grace was selected to attend the prestigious Villa 7 Center for Sports Leadership Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va., in the summer of 2011 with an elite group of Division I assistant basketball coaches, 54 athletic directors and 12 conference commissioners.
A decorated military veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, Grace quickly rose through the high school and college coaching ranks prior to his arrival at Oregon State. Known for his tireless work ethic and inspirational leadership, he developed an intimate knowledge of the game forged over 30 years of working in all aspects of the sport. He has played, coached and refereed basketball games across America and on three continents.
Grace served as the top assistant coach at the University of San Francisco with responsibilities as head recruiting coordinator. During this time, he first recruited former Oregon State standout Jared Cunningham out of Oakland, Calif. He also served as head of scouting, working as an academic coordinator and assisted with fundraising efforts.
Grace broke into the NCAA Division I college coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Sacramento State University, where he assisted in all aspects of the program. While at Sacramento State, he recruited 2006-07 Big Sky Freshman of the Year selection Vinnie McGhee from Oakland's McClymonds High School.
Prior to moving to the Division I college coaching level, Grace became a high school head coach after taking an early retirement from the military. He had served 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force and chose to dedicate his career to coaching basketball and teaching.
During the 2004-05 season, Grace was hired as a business teacher and head coach at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., where he guided the Jaguars to a 5A Division II state championship in his second year, compiling a 29-4 overall record.
Grace was honored as the 2005-06 ArizonaVarsity.com and Arizona Informant 5A Coach of theYear after turning around a struggling program that had won four games the season before he arrived. Several players from his program moved on to play college basketball. Several coaches he mentored during that time became high school head basketball coaches, including two who advanced their teams to high school state titles.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Grace volunteered for several years as a high school and club coach while stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix. He began working in the high school ranks at Phoenix Trevor Browne as an assistant coach. That team advanced to the state semifinals in 2003 and was ranked among the top 40 schools, nationally, by The Sporting News before the 2003-04 season.
Grace began coaching basketball with Boo Williams' AAU program in Hampton, Virginia. He also co-founded the Arizona Magic AAU program. His top team finished eighth out of 337 programs in the Reebok Big Time Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., which was the best finish in the history of any AAU team from Arizona.
Grace grew up in Aberdeen, Md., and earned a bachelor's of science degree in management and human resources from Park University and degrees in logistics and social services from the Air Force. He and his wife, Crystal, have six children - five grown children Troy, Terrell, Tierra, David II, and Aubrey, as well as Andre who is a high school senior. His father, Gerald, was a high school basketball referee in Maryland for 35 years.