Bill Grier
Bill  Grier

Head Coach (8th Year)


Lamont Smith Introduced as Head Coach for Men's Basketball

Torero Alum becomes 12th head coach in school history


USD Announces Change in Men's Basketball Staff

Head Coach Bill Grier Will Not Return For 2015-16 Season


Toreros to face Pepperdine on Saturday at WCC Championships

Winner will advance to Monday Semifinal Round


Toreros close out regular-season slate at Portland with 1pm game

WCC No. 5 Seed Goes To Winner


Toreros take on No. 2/3 Gonzaga on Thursday at 8pm (ESPN2)

USD will close out regular-season slate on Saturday at Portland (1pm, TWCSN)


USD vs Florida A&M

USD Men's Basketball 2014-15 Home Opener vs Florida A&M


Pepperdine @ San Diego

Pepperdine @ San Diego


USD Men's Basketball vs. San Diego State 12/05/13

USD Men's Basketball vs. San Diego State 12/05/13, photos courtesy of Brock Scott.


Toreros Advance Past Lions

Toreros Advance Past Lions


Toreros' Run Through March Ends vs. Western Kentucky

Toreros' Run Through March Ends vs. Western Kentucky

Bill Grier completed his seventh year as head coach of the USD men's basketball program in 2013-14. He directed the Toreros to an overall 18-17 record and into the third round of the postseason tournament. The regular-season was highlighted by the team's 69-66 home win over No. 22 Gonzaga, and its 61-43 home win over Saint Mary's College. Junior guard Johnny Dee, who led the nation in free throw percentage (.945), was selected First Team All-West Coast Conference.

In 2012-13 he guided the Toreros to an overall record of 16-18 and 7-9 in the tough West Coast Conference. The season was highlighted by the Toreros beating the BYU Cougars twice, including in the quarterfinal of the WCC Basketball Championships. Sophomore guard Johnny Dee was recognized as All-WCC honorable mention, and freshman center Jito Kok was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

Last season he guided his youthful Toreros to a 13-18 record with the team playing its best basketball down the stretch. The Toreros won four of their final six 2011-12 regular-season WCC games, then reached the second round of the WCC Championships before dropping a hard-fought 73-68 decision to BYU. Freshman guard Johnny Dee was named to the All-WCC Freshman team and set a new USD scoring record for Torero freshmen with 426 points. Additionally, he was named a Mid-Major Freshman All-America.

The 2010-11 season was highlighted by the team's 74-66 home win over the 23rd-ranked Saint Mary's Gaels on February 16th. It marked Grier's fifth victory against a top-25 program over the past four seasons. The Toreros also collected a solid 67-64 neutral site win over the University of Utah in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The 2009-10 season was highlighted by a home win over Stanford of the Pac-10, a quality road win at Boise State, and a second place finish in the Great Alaska Shootout. During the Shootout, the Toreros knocked off the #25 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the first round, and then the Houston Cougars who went on to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Grier's 2009-10 campaign was highlighted with wins over Nevada, Oregon, Mississippi State and Pacific in the program's first-ever ESPNU BracketBuster's game.

In his first season (2007-08) at the helm of the Torero program, Grier led Torero basketball to heights never reached before. USD became the first San Diego Division I team to win an NCAA Tournament contest when it handed No. 4 seed Connecticut a 70-69 overtime loss on March 21st. Following a hard-fought 2nd round loss to Western Kentucky, USD closed out its season with an overall record of 22-14, including a 15-4 mark following the start of league. Following its 11-3 West Coast Conference finish, good for 3rd place, the Toreros won the WCC Tournament with wins over Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and No. 20 Gonzaga. In addition to its outstanding road win over the Kentucky Wildcats at historic Rupp Arena in late December, the Toreros combined to knock off three top-20 teams (Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and UConn).

Hired on March 26, 2007, Grier became USD's 11th head coach in program history and just the 4th coach since USD moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80. Prior to his arrival at USD, Grier was at Gonzaga University for sixteen years, the last eight as top assistant to head coach Mark Few. He immediately went to work on putting his personal stamp on Torero basketball. After assembling an outstanding staff, and getting acquainted with USD's returning players, he went to work on recruiting and putting together arguably USD's toughest schedule ever.

"We were searching for a person with an overwhelming drive to succeed," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "We found that and much more in Bill Grier. The people I talked with across the country, people who I greatly respect, had nothing but praise for Bill - a great person and family man, a teacher who is great at individual workouts, a tireless worker, demanding on the court but also with success in the classroom, a great recruiter, thorough in his approach, ready to become a head coach. It is with great pleasure that I am able to introduce the man that fits all of these descriptions as our new head men's basketball coach."

A highly motivated, detailed and results oriented basketball coach with excellent communication and teaching skills, Grier played an integral role in Gonzaga's arrival on the national scene. He began his career at Gonzaga in 1992 under head coach Dan Fitzgerald where he served as the restricted-earnings assistant for six years. He was elevated to a full-time assistant for the 1997-98 season when Dan Monson took over the head coaching reigns. During his two seasons under Monson, the Bulldogs went 52-17, won back-to-back WCC titles, went to the 1998 NIT Sweet Sixteen and made it to the 1999 NCAA Elite Eight.

In July, 1999, when Monson accepted the Minnesota job, Mark Few was made the head coach and Grier stayed where he was promoted to top assistant. Over the past eight years Gonzaga saw nothing but continued success with the teams compiling a 211-52 record over that span. During this time the Zags won the WCC regular-season title seven times; the WCC Tournament title seven times; advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times, including three trips to the Sweet Sixteen; and finished ranked in the top-10 of the final AP poll three times (2004-2006). Overall with Grier as an assistant coach, the Bulldogs have combined for an overall record of 381-126; won 11 regular-season WCC championships; won nine WCC Tournament titles (33-7 WCC tournament record); advanced to nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments, and ten overall, including four Sweet 16 appearances and the 1999 Elite Eight.

The last ten years Grier was the "defensive coordinator" for the Bulldogs, as well as being responsible for ten recruiting classes. He has developed the program into one known for its defense as much as it is for its offense. Since assuming the defensive role under former head coach Dan Monson, Gonzaga has led the WCC in field goal percentage defense six times, including the 3rd best mark in the nation in 2004. Responsible for the past ten recruiting classes, his 2007 class is the program¹s best yet, ranked 11th-best in the nation by the recruiting service. Four recruits in the 2007 class rank in the top-100 in their class.

He also successfully developed both post players (1997-2003) and perimeter players (2003-2007). Post players Bakari Hendrix (1998) and Casey Calvary (2001) were both WCC Players of the Year. Perimeter players he worked with included Derek Raivio (2007), the WCC Player of the Year; Adam Morrison (2006), a 1st team All-American and WCC Player of the Year; and Blake Stepp (2004), a 2nd team All-American and two-time WCC Player of the Year.

Grier started his coaching career at his alma mater, Cottage Grove High School in 1986. After serving two years as a freshman coach, Grier was elevated to junior varsity coach and varsity assistant. Grier left Cottage Grove to be the head coach at Creswell High School during the 1990-91 season. He played two years in junior college (Central Oregon and Southwestern Oregon), then transferred to Oregon where he received a B.S. degree in Leisure Studies and Services in 1990.

Bill and his wife, Nicole (Styles) were married in August of 1996. The couple have two daughters, Giselle and Ashley.

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2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
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Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
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Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
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NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
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2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
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Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
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Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
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Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
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2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
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The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
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MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
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USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
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USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
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UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
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Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
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Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
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Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
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Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
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BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.

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City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park

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Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play

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Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences

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Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park

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Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99

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Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler

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CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN

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USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC

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Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game

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San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic

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Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend

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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops

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Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell

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Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far

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WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day

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Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win

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Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner

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Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego

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Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season

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Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game

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Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win

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LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night

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ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare

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Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak

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Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015

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CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak

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Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second

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SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival

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WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win

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2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico

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Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
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Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
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Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
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2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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