Dayton coaches, including Anthony Grant, second from left, stand for the national anthem before a game against North Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Second season sometimes a difficult one for Dayton coaches

Three of last four UD coaches have lost more games in second season

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While Dayton has a chance to do that — or at least improve on last season — three of the last four Dayton coaches have taken a step back in their second season. Here’s a look at how Grant’s second team compares to the second teams of Jim O’Brien, Oliver Purnell, Brian Gregory and Archie Miller:

Grant (2018-19)

Previous record: 14-17

Returning starters (4): Josh Cunningham, Trey Landers, Jalen Crutcher and Jordan Davis.

Top player: Cunningham averaged 15.6 points per game as a redshirt junior.

Final record: To be determined. Dayton opened the season with a 78-70 victory against North Florida.

Miller (2012-13)

Previous record: 20-13

Returning starters (3): Josh Benson, Kevin Dillard and Devin Oliver.

Top player: Dillard averaged 15.3 points and 4.5 assists as a senior.

Season summary: Dayton, featuring six players who would play key roles for the Elite Eight team a year later, finished 17-14 and slipped from 9-7 in the A-10 to 7-9. The Flyers were 1-7 in A-10 road games. The team lost six games by two points or fewer.

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Gregory (2004-05)

Previous record: 24-9.

Returning starters (2): Mark Jones and Marques Bennett.

Top player: Monty Scott averaged 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore.

Season summary: The loss of seniors Ramod Marshall, Keith Waleskowski and Sean Finn, three double-digit scorers the previous year, was too much for a young Dayton team to overcome. Gregory’s second team finished 18-11 and fell from a 12-4 mark in A-10 play to 10-6. Two of the team’s top-three scorers were freshmen: Brian Roberts (9.2 points per game) and Norman Plummer (9.1).

Purnell (1995-96)

Previous record: 7-20.

Returning starters (3): Ryan Perryman, Chris Daniels, Darnell Hahn and Jeffrey Brookins.

Top player: Perryman averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Season summary: Dayton ended a streak of four straight losing seasons with a 15-14 mark and went from 0-12 in its last season in the Great Midwest Conference to 6-10 in its first season in the A-10. The program would suffer losing seasons in two of the next three seasons under Purnell before finding consistency in 1999-2000 with the first of five straight 20-win seasons.

O’Brien, 1990-91

Previous record: 22-10.

Returning starters (2): Alex Robertson and Wes Coffee.

Top player: Chip Jones averaged 20.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a junior.

Season summary: Dayton fell to 14-15 overall and from 10-4 to 8-6 in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in O’Brien’s second season. His first team had three double-digit senior scorers (Negele Knight, Anthony Corbitt and Noland Robinson) and won the MCC tournament and one game in the NCAA tournament.

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