More than a month after announcing that the contract of longtime men’s basketball coach Fang Mitchell would not be renewed, Coppin State athletic director Derrick Ramsey said Monday he will introduce Stillman College coach Michael Grant as Mitchell’s successor at a campus news conference Tuesday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I’m impressed with his work,” Ramsey said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “There are two things I’m looking for: the graduation rate, that’s critical to me, and he’s graduated over 80 percent of his kids. He’s won. Everywhere he’s gone he’s built programs.”

Despite Ramsey’s initial assertion that he wanted to hire a coach with a connection to Baltimore, Grant has no ties to the city where he will be employed. But what separated Grant from the other four finalists was a successful track record as a head coach and familiarity with the type of situation he is inheriting.

Ramsey was the athletic director at Kentucky State when the now 50-year-old Grant was in the midst of a seven-year run as the head coach at conference rival Central State, where his teams went 126-94 and earned the school's first victory in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament. Though he didn’t know Grant personally, Ramsey recalled, “I knew he was beating the hell out of us.”

In his only other stint as a Division I head coach, Grant succeeded another legendary coach at a historically black university — Ben Jobe at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. Grant was 25-31 at the Southwestern Athletic Conference school from 2003 through 2005.

Asked if that also played into his decision, Ramsey said: “Absolutely. When you come in behind a legend as in a Ben Jobe or a Fang Mitchell, the ball looks different, the lights are a little bit brighter, the room is a little bit smaller and everyone is second-guessing you because the old coach would have done something different.”