Heath-Granger promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coach at Fairmont State

Fairmont State men’s basketball head coach Tim Koenig has promoted Devin Heath-Granger to associate head coach of the Fighting Falcon men’s basketball program.

“I am pleased to announce Devin’s promotion to Associate Head Coach. We have showcased excellence both on the court and in the classroom these past three years,” said Koenig.

Heath-Granger enters his fourth season on Koenig’s staff for the fall of 2022. The Fighting Falcons closed the 2021-22 season with their eighth appearance in the NCAA Atlantic Regional in the last 10 seasons as Fairmont State finished No. 24 in the final edition of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Poll. Fairmont State men’s basketball also ranked as high as No. 7 in the NABC National Poll after knocking off West Liberty on January 15 of this year.

“Being a part of the coaching staff here at Fairmont State for the past three years has been an honor and I am humbled to take on this new position. I can’t thank Coach Koenig enough for his belief and trust in me as a coach,” said Heath-Granger. “I am so thankful for our players and their commitment to our program day in and day out.”

The Falcons men’s basketball program has had a home-court advantage inside Joe Retton Arena for the past three seasons with an 84% (32-6) win rate at home.

Fairmont State men’s basketball has been getting done off the court as well as the Falcons have had a team grade-point average over 3.0 in all three seasons with Koenig on the bench and reached a 3.5 GPA for the 2021-22 academic year. Nine men’s basketball student-athletes were named to the All-MEC Academic Team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll for their success in the classroom this past year.

“We have also been a staple in the campus community and greater community of Fairmont,” added Koenig. “Devin’s dedication has helped us grow and continue to grow as a program. I am so thankful for Devin and all of the other coaches and players’ commitment to our basketball family and Falcon community.”

In the shortened season in 2021, Heath-Granger helped lead the Falcons to a 15-5 overall record as the team won the program’s first conference tournament championship since 1984. En route to the title, the Falcons knocked off a pair of nationally ranked teams – topping No. 12 Charleston in the semifinals and No. 19 West Liberty in the finals. The Falcons also qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regional for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. 

During his first season on the Fairmont State bench, Heath-Granger helped the Falcons to a 23-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Falcons finished third in the MEC regular season standings with a 22-6 mark, including a 16-6 conference record and a 6-0 non-conference mark. The 23 wins are tied for the most by the first-year coaching staff in program history.

“The success of our team goes further than the basketball court. The commitment they have in the classroom and service for our community is something special,” added Heath-Granger. 

“My wife and I love Fairmont State and the community of Fairmont. I can’t wait to continue to grow as a coach and person alongside this amazing staff, our players, and this community.”
As a collegiate player, Heath-Granger was a four-year starter and three-year captain at Goshen College. He graduated as the all-time program leader in assists with 581 and ranks third all-time in steals with 202. He capped his career by surpassing the 1,000-point plateau and earning All- Crossroads League honors as a senior.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Heath-Granger earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Goshen College in 2018.


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