Kevin Griffin enters his 12th season as the helm of women’s basketball program at Eastern Mennonite University in 2016-17. He has the most wins of any coach in EMU history with a record of 200-91, and is a four-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
He earned his first Coach of the Year honors in 2006-07 in just his second season after leading the Royals to a 17-8 overall mark and a 15-5 record in the ODAC. Griffin has guided EMU to the ODAC Tournament every year, and in 2014-15 completed a run of four consecutive 20-win seasons including an impressive 62-6 run through the conference in those seasons.
From 2013-15, his up-tempo Royals earned back-to-back-to-back at-large bids to the NCAA National Tournament, after reaching the postseason just once before Griffin's era began. In 2014-15, the Royals used a thrilling comeback to notch a First Round win over LaRoche College, before falling to eventual national champion Thomas More in the Second Round. The women had two All-ODAC First Team honorees for the first time in 10 years, as both forwards Jess Rheinheimer and Shakeerah Sykes drew top honors. Rheinheimer was also named ODAC Player of the Year and D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team, along with becoming just the second junior ever to win the prestigious Jostens Trophy, and award which combines contribution the court, in the community and in the classroom.
In 2015-16, Rheinheimer was again named both the ODAC Player of the Year as well as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the only women's basketball player in the history of the ODAC to win both awards twice. She was also named the Academic All-American of the Year by CoSIDA.
Griffin, a 1993 graduate of EMU, returned to his alma mater after 12 years of coaching experience at various levels. Most recently prior to EMU, he had been at Delsea High School in Franklinville, N.J. where he served as assistant boys’ basketball coach during the 2003-04 season. He stepped up to head coach for the 2004-05 season.
Griffin played his senior season under then new coach Tom Baker. He started 24 games as a point guard and led the team with 4.3 assists per game. Griffin received his degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in coaching.
Following EMU, Griffin spent the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach at Chesapeake Junior College in Wye Mills, Md. During the summer of 1994, he played for the Athletes in Action Summer Tour in the Philippines with head coach Morris Milhousky of Bryan College where he helped the team to a 13-2 record. He also coached boys’ basketball at Easton Middle School from 1993-95 where he taught health and physical education.
In 1995, Griffin moved to Lancaster, Pa. where he spent two seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Lancaster Mennonite High School. He also taught health, physical education, and math while also serving as athletic director at New Danville Mennonite School.
After his stop in Lancaster, Griffin took a teaching position in health and physical education at Main Road School in Newfield, N.J. At the same time, Griffin coached in Chester, Pa. at The Christian Academy, where he was an assistant for three years. During that three-year span the team posted a record of 80-6. He was then named the head coach for two years.
Throughout his coaching career, Griffin has directed and assisted at numerous co-ed high school basketball camps and clinics throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has also worked several collegiate camps, including Virginia Military Institute, St. Joseph’s University, Messiah College, Robert Morris University, and Eastern Mennonite University. He also attended the Roy Williams Coaching Clinic in 2004 at the University of North Carolina.
“I hope to continue some of the recent success of the program,” Griffin said. “I’m following two very successful coaches who have done a good job with the program. Hopefully we can keep things going with the current players, and I can use some of my people skills and my contacts to keep recruiting quality players and continue to build the program.”
Griffin resides in Broadway with his wife Ruth and their daughter Jasmine and son Jeremiah.