Manchester, N.H. (February 21) -- At halftime of Saturday's men's basketball game, the basketball court at Stoutenburgh Gym was dedicated in honor of former men's basketball coach Al Grenert. Over 1,000 fans, including many members of the Grenert family and many former Saint Anselm players, gathered as the court was blessed in recognition of Coach Grenert.
Grenert, one of the pioneers of Division 2 basketball in the Northeast, coached for 22 years at Saint Anselm and won more than 300 games. A member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Anselmian Athletic Club Hall of Fame, Grenert coached 23 members of the Saint Anselm Hall of Fame.
The ceremony included remarks from Ed Cannon, the Director of Athletics, as well as Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., the President of Saint Anselm College. In addition, the floor was blessed by Bishop Joseph during the ceremony. Speaking on behalf of the Grenert Family was Scott Grenert, the youngest of the Grenert children. Scott acknowledged his mother, Iris, who was unable to attend the ceremony, but was watching via webcast from Florida.
The floor, now known as Al Grenert Court at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium, features two eight-foot wide logos bearing Grenert's name. The logos will be relocated over the summer to their permanent locations on the court.