Podcast: High School Football Talk/Interview with USF Basketball Great Shantia Grace

Andrew and Chad discuss the beginning of the high school football season before interviewing one of the most celebrated basketball players in Tampa Bay history – former Riverview High and University of South Florida standout Shantia Grace.

Grace graduated from Riverview as the school’s all-time leading scorer in 2005, when she was also named the Florida Player of the Year by Gatorade. An injury to USF’s starting point guard at the beginning of the 2005-06 season gave Grace an opportunity that she would never relinquish and she was a mainstay in head coach Jose Fernandez’s lineup for four consecutive years.

Grace helped lead USF to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman and three postseason Women’s NITs, including the tournament championship during her senior season. She left Fernandez’s program as USF’s all-time leader in assists and second all-time leading scorer.

In this interview with Andrew and Chad, Grace discusses everything from playing football as a child, her high school and college basketball career, her current work as a basketball trainer, and her desire to coach.

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Grace, who said that her bachelor’s degree from USF in communications is her greatest achievement, currently works with basketball players and teams of all skill levels through Blacktop Athletics. For more information on player evaluations and training sessions, you can contact Grace through email at bta.grace@gmail.com.

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