Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Rain 36° Rain


EWU assistant Leep leaving for SPU

Assistant coach Grant Leep, the longest-tenured member of Eastern Washington University’s men’s basketball staff, has accepted a position as the top assistant under Ryan Looney at Seattle Pacific University.

Leep, a former prep standout for Mount Vernon High School and four-year letterwinner at the University of Washington, spent four seasons as an assistant at EWU, the last two under Eagles’ head coach Kirk Earlywine.

Read on.



Leep said his decision to leave the Eagles program was a difficult one to make.



“It was an unbelievable,” he said of his experience at Eastern, “especially these last two years working under Kirk, with the way he treated me and taught me.  And if was about more than just basketball. It was being a professional and doing things the right way.”



But Leep added the chance to make “a little more money,” be a No. 1 assistant and get back to the Seattle area was too good to pass up.



At SPU he will work under Looney, who was hired last May to replace former Falcons’ head coach Jeff Hironaka, who left to become an assistant under Ken Bone at Washington State.



“My decision has nothing to do with the players or coaches at Eastern,” Leep said. “The Seattle Pacific situation just seemed to fit me better right now.  I’m excited about the chance to be a No. 1 assistant.”


SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.

Looking for a Grip on Sports?

Vince Grippi's daily take on all things regional sports has been moved to our main sports section online. You can find a collection of these columns here.