Before becoming a Delone Catholic High School assistant boys' basketball coach, Paul Grier Jr. was one of the best players in Glenville (W. Va.) State College history.
Grier, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and played for Glenville from 1985-89, ranks 11th on the Pioneers' all-time career scoring list. A few months ago, he received a letter to his Hanover home informing him that he would be inducted into the school's Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was inducted along with four other athletes on May 16, and his plaque now hangs in the lobby of the school's Physical Education Building.
"It was an experience that the only way I could describe it is as very humbling," Grier said. "To see your picture put on the wall, it makes you appreciate all the hard work that went into it."
Grier scored 1,670 points in his career and was particularly remembered for his 3-point shooting and for making clutch 3-pointers in playoff games. His school record of nine 3-pointers in one game still stands, and he ranks third on the school's all-time list in shooting percentage with a career mark of 43.1 percent.
The Pioneers won 63 games in his career, including seven in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Grier made game-winning 3-point shots in multiple playoff games, according to a press release from the school.
"What I remember most is competing and being a competitor, just hating to lose and wanting to win so much," he said. "I remember just thinking during those games, 'I've got to make this shot to win this game. I'm gonna do everything in my power to win this game."
Among his many athletic achievements for Glenville, Grier also won the Montrose Award following his graduation. The award, according to the GSC website, "is given each year during homecoming to a male graduate of the preceding class who not only was an outstanding athlete but a scholar, a leader, and a person of high moral character."