Coach Grier enters his fourth season at Providence Day after leading the Chargers to back-to-back NCISAA Division 1 State Championships in 2021 and 2022.
Coach Grier’s overall record is 115-22 in 12 seasons with 6 state championships, 1 state runner up, and 3 state semi-final appearances. He began his career at Davidson Day where he started the program from scratch and went 64-9 with 4 state titles in 6 years. Grier then took over at Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, where he served as Head Coach and Athletic Director. Prior to his arrival at Oceanside, the Landsharks had never won a game. In 3 years, Grier led Oceanside to a 27-7 record, a Regional Championship, 2 playoff berths and an appearance in the Lower State Championship Game (state semi-finals).
Grier took over the PD program in the Spring of 2020 and led the Chargers to a 4-2 mark, the Big South Conference Championship and an appearance in the state-semi-finals in the Covid-shortened season. That was the first time PD had ever beaten each of its 3 Charlotte rivals in the same regular season. In 2021, the Chargers again swept its local conference rivals in winning their 2nd straight Big South title, earned the #1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs and finished the season with their first State Championship since 2011. In 2002 the Chargers again won the state championship, became nationally ranked for the first time in school history and finished first in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16.
Grier’s ability to develop student-athletes is best reflected in nearly 90 of his players moving on to play at the collegiate level including several in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Ivy League, and Service Academies (Army and Navy). Grier specializes in teaching Quarterbacks. His son Will played QB for his first Davidson Day teams where he was the 2-time NC Gatorade Player of the Year, a 3-time All American and the national high school player of the year. Will had an outstanding college career at Florida and West Virginia where he finished 4th in the Heisman voting before being drafted in the 3rd round by the Carolina Panthers. Currently, Will plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Another of Grier’s QB’s was Sam Hartman who owns the record for most touchdown passes in ACC history. His current QB, Jadyn Davis is the 2022 NC Gatorade Player of the Year, NC Mr Football and the NC Preps State Player of the Year. In his 12 years as a Head Coach, each of his starting QBs has been named All-Conference, All-State and/or All-American and each have gone on to play college football (Florida/West Virginia, Furman, Wake Forest, Drake, South Carolina and East Carolina).
Grier graduated from Charlotte Latin and then played Quarterback at both University of Richmond and East Carolina where he learned under some of the best football minds in the game including Kevin Gilbride, Mark Richt and Steve Logan. While starting a family in Charlotte and working in business, he earned his MBA from Queens University. He started coaching as a passion hobby in the 90’s at numerous camps and as an assistant coach at Western Guilford High School, Charlotte Latin and SouthLake Christian before taking on his first head coaching position at Davidson Day in 2010. It wasn’t until Grier took the job at Oceanside that he became a full-time coach. He has served in numerous all-star games including Assistant Coach in the 2015 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Head Coach of the 2016 Adidas Freshman All-American Bowl in Naples, Florida, Head Coach in the 2017 Army All-American Bowl, and Head Coach of the 2022 Carolina Bowl.
Coach Grier is a Charlotte native. He has been married to his wife Nila for 14 years and is the father of four sons, Will (27), Nash (25), Hayes (22), and Hank (3).
Grier attended Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina. As a junior, he threw for a national record 837 yards in a game, breaking the old record of 764. As a senior, he had 4,989 passing yards with a nation-leading and North Carolina record 77 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,251 yards with 13 touchdowns. He was named the Parade All-American Player of the Year and Mr. Football USA. For his career, Grier had 14,565 passing yards, a state record 195 touchdown passes, 2,955 rushing yards, and 31 rushing touchdowns.
Grier was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the second-best dual-threat quarterback in his class and 46th player overall. Grier was offered scholarships to play football at Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. He committed to play quarterback at the University of Florida
Will was a two-year starter at West Virginia where he was a Heisman Trophy Finalist and fourth-team All-American in 2018...Maxwell Award Finalist, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 5 Finalist, Manning Award Finalist...Finished career with 71 touchdown passes and 7,354 career passing yards at West Virginia, ranking second and third in both categories in program history...Posted a 65.7 career completion percentage...Finished 2018 season as the NCAA active leader in passing yards per game (305.6)...ranked fifth in the NCAA in career pass efficiency (165.1)...Threw 37 touchdowns in 2018, second all-time in West Virginia history, and second in the nation in passing touchdowns per game...Amassed 3,864 passing yards in 2018, third in West Virginia history, and third in the nation in passing yards per game...Completed a career-best 67.0 percent of his passes in 2018...Threw for four or more touchdowns in nine games...In 2017, started 11 games before the season ended with a hand injury...All-Big 12 Second Team...Threw for 3,490 yards and 34 passing touchdowns in 2017...Sat out 2016 season due to transfer requirements...Played in six games for Florida in 2015, completing 106-161 passes for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Grier was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (100th) overall of the 2019 Draft.
Birch is from from San Antonio, Texas where he attended William Howard Taft High School. Coach Birch went on to play football for the Highlanders of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He began his coaching career assisting Coach Chad Grier at Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Coach Birch was the varsity wide receiver coach for the Landsharks, in addition to head coach of their Junior Varsity team. He coached at Oceanside for three years until joining Coach Grier at Providence Day. At PD he serves as the varsity wide receivers coach, and the head coach for the Junior Varsity team.
Coach Cater is the QB coach at Providence Day in Charlotte, N.C.. He has been at Providence Day since 2011 leading the varsity football team to 4 State Championships and seeing his QBs playing at the next level at schools such as Wake Forest University, University of South Carolina, ECU and Elon. In 2022, Coach Cater coached the #2 QB in the country for the 2024 class and won another state championship under Coach Grier. During his time at Providence Day he has also served as the O.C., JV head football coach and Head Middle School coach at different times.
Coach Cater has seen great success coaching the offense and QBs at the Middle School level. He has led several schools to their conference championships where his team's QBs are often the leaders in all passing statistics. He is married and has 3 bosons and one daughter, all very busy in athletics
Founder & Performance Director, Defensive Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning
Antico Dalton is recognized as an expert in performance, speed, agility & skills training. Since retiring as a professional athlete in the National Football League, Dalton has garnered national certifications and has trained under renowned speed gurus to enhance his knowledge in the art of movement. He now specializes in acceleration, multi-directional movement, top-end speed training, and sports-specific skills.
During his 9-years as a professional football player (1999 – 2007), Antico Dalton played for the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Atlanta Falcons. Antico has international experience playing overseas with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, and the Edmonton Eskimos with the CFL. During his career, Dalton was an NFL draft pick to the NFC Central Division Champion Minnesota Vikings, World Bowl Champion with the Berlin Thunder, and the Grey Cup Champ with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Antico earned his BS degree In Business Management from Hampton University/the University of Phoenix while serving as team captain for his football team. He led his team to a National Championship. In 1999, Antico Dalton was rated All-American in the top twenty for Linebackers in the country, as was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round, 199th pick. He started as a linebacker during his NFL career and also played Defensive End and Safety during his professional tenure. Dalton wants more than anything to not only get athletes in the best physical shape of their lives but to build their confidence so they can be productive in and outside of sports. Along with all of his Performance Coach experience, Dalton holds nationally ranked certifications in personal training/fitness National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certification Health and Fitness, SPARQ Certification, USA Football, Level 1 Certified Weight Training, First Aid, AED, and CPR.
Today, Dalton dedicates his time to Coaching High School Football at Providence Day School, and business owner Linebacker University www.linebackercamps.com developing athletes from numerous high school and club teams from across the country, as well as professional athletes from football, baseball, lacrosse soccer, track, and basketball through performance and skills training.
Speed & Agility
Evan Gates is a North Carolina native born and raised right here in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Davidson Day School where he spent time playing under Coach Grier. He continued his football career at Tusculum University in East Tennessee playing Corner, Safety and Wide receiver for the Pioneers. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching.
He has since spent time training athletes ranging from youth players to professional athletes. He worked at Champions Sports Performance in Cornelius, NC specializing in developing speed as a skill, working mostly with youth athletes. After his time in Cornelius, he joined Oceanside Collegiate Academy’s Athletic Department in Mt. Pleasant, SC where he was the first ever Strength and Conditioning Coach in Oceanside history. He trained over 18+ teams and 350+ athletes on the weekly basis, as well as serving as the Linebacker Coach on Coach Griers football staff. In 2021 he became a college Strength and Conditioning Coach in Odessa, Texas at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Along with training UTPB’s Football team, he was in charge of programming and coaching the Football teams Speed Development work. He was also the Lead Trainer for Women’s Soccer, Basketball, Softball and Men’s Soccer. After his time in Texas he moved to Denver, CO where he worked in one of the country's best training facilities, working with professional athletes and top ranked high school athletes. There he truly learned the essence of Speed Development and applied it to the world's best athletes.
Gates joined the Providence Day Athletic Department in May of 2022 where he is serving as the lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for all of the athletic sport teams here at Providence Day. He looks forward to developing strength and speed while also allowing the youth athletes to become the best version of themselves.
G7 Performance Speed Training Will be held 45 min prior to every age group G7 practice time. Coach Gates will focus on the technical side of Sprinting as well as driving performance making sure there is a Competitive atmosphere for all of the athletes. The Goal of Coach Gates is to build the fastest athletes in the Carolina’s.