Grant Billmeier appointed Maryland Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

COLLEGE PARK, MD – A member of Kevin Willard‘s staff at Seton Hall for 11 seasons that helped lead the Pirates to two Big East Championships, Grant Billmeier joined Willard’s staff on Tuesday.

Billmeier was number two in a poll among the best assistant coaches in BIG EAST by his peers in a Stadium survey from 2020. Billmeier was Seton Hall’s associate head coach for the 2021-22 season, where they reached the NCAA Tournament and defeated two top-10 team.

Billmeier graduated from Seton Hall in 2007 and was assistant coach at Willard’s staff from 2015-21, director of Basketball Operations in 2013-14 and coordinator of Basketball Operations from 2010-13, with a one-year residency as assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson in 2014-15. .

“I’m excited that Grant will join us in Maryland,” Willard said. “I have known and worked with Grant for many years. He has a championship background and experience developing some of the most talented bigmen in the country. He has strong recruitment connections in the Northeast and nationally and will help bring some of the best. “Talents to College Park. We welcome Grant and his family to Maryland.”

“Continuing to work with Coach Willard is very special to me,” Billmeier said. “We’ve won together and built a winning culture together. Being able to do that in Maryland is something I’m very excited about. I can not wait to get started recruiting the latest Terps and helping the players develop into some of the best of the ten great and the land. ”

Billmeier had a hand in both the 2020 Big East Regular Season Championship and the 2016 Big East Tournament Championships, both the program’s first since 1993. Together, Willard and Billmeier have finished top-4 in the Big East on six occasions and have released 26 Quad 1 victories over the last four seasons. The 26 Q1 wins are among the top 15 among all teams in the nation since the 2018-19 season.

Known for his work with big men, Billmeier has been instrumental in developing Seton Hall’s attackers and centers for leaders in the Big East. The Pirates finished in the top two of the conference in rebounding for three consecutive seasons from 2016-18.

Billmeier helped develop Angel Delgado into one of the best basketball players in the country and a Seton Hall legend, and he won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar National Center of the Year Award in 2018. Delgado led the nation in rebounding with 13.1 per . match in 2017, was named All-America honorable mention, Metropolitan Player of the Year and unanimously All-Big East. So in 2018, Delgado broke the Big East career rebounds record, averaging a double-double and posting the NCAA Tournament’s first 20-20 game since 2012 (24 points, 23 rebounds vs. Kansas). Billmeier also worked to help Delgado’s teammate Ismael Sanogo develop into a starter and one of the best defenders in the Big East.

In 2020, Billmeier helped shape Romaro Gill into one of the most dreaded shot blockers in the Big East. After transferring from a junior college, Gill had a promising junior season that then exploded into one of the most influential senior years anyone has had in a Pirates uniform. Gill had an average of 3.2 blocks per. fight to finish in third place in the nation, and he won the Big East’s block championship by averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. conference competition. To increase his impact, Gill drastically improved his offensive play and was Big East’s field goal percentage, making 63.5 percent of his attempts during league games. At the end of the season, he was not only named Big East Defensive Player of the Year, but he was also named Big East Most Improved.

Billmeier also had a hand in Sandro Mamukelashvili’s development from playing just 9.6 minutes per game. fight as a rookie for the 2021 Big East Player of the Year as a senior. Mamukelashvili was a 6-11 power forward with great shooting and passing skills, and Mamukelashvili worked hard with Billmeier to become one of the conference’s biggest threats. In 2020-21, Mamukelashvili was one of only two players in the Big East to rank in the league’s top-five in scoring and rebounding and top-15 in scoring, rebounding and assists. In addition to being named Conference of the Year, the Mamukelashvili 2021 Haggerty Award was Metropolitan Player of the Year, All-America honorable mention and a finalist for the Karl Malone National Power Forward of the Year Award.

Including his two NCAA Tournament appearances as a student-athlete in 2004 and 2006, Billmeier represented Seton Hall in six NCAA Tournament bids, tying former head coach PJ Carlesimo and assistant coaches Bruce Hamburger and Tom Sullivan for most NCAA Tournament appearances while either playing and / or coaching at Seton Hall.

During Billmeier’s first stay on Willard’s coaching staff, his primary roles included serving as academics’ liaison and the daily and monthly planning of training times, lifting schedules, and team meals. He also coordinated with local hospitals, foundations and soup kitchens to bring student-athletes out to the community.

As a player for Seton Hall, Billmeier was a four-year letter winner and two-year captain for the Pirates from 2003-07, playing in 106 career games and helping the program reach the NCAA Tournament twice in 2004 and ’06 and a first-round victory. of Arizona in ’04. He was the recipient of the Robin Cunningham Award for having the best academic success on the team.

Billmeier, who is a resident of Pennington, NJ and a graduate of St. Patrick High School, was a former assistant coach at his alma mater under head coach Kevin Boyle. Hos St. Patrick helped the school win the 2003 New Jersey Tournament of Champions. After graduating from Seton Hall, Billmeier played professionally in Germany and Portugal and started his own basketball summer camp, Billmeier and Nardi Skills Camp, along with the former St. Patrick teammate and Villanova guard Mike Nardi.

Billmeier and his wife, Jennifer, were married in May 2017 and are the parents of their daughter, Avery, born March 2018, and son, Luke, born June 2021.

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