|Title:||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
|College:||Eastern Mennonite '93|
Kevin Griffin enters his eighth season as the helm of women’s basketball program at Eastern Mennonite University. He is the second-most winning coach in EMU history with a record of 116-65 and was named the 2006-07 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in just his second season after leading the Lady 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, with his women racking up a 22-4 record last year, the second-best in program history.
With a young roster, Griffin's Royals finished the 2011-12 regular season tied with Virginia Wesleyan for the ODAC title at 17-3. They lost in the ODAC Tournament semifinals to eventual-champion Guilford. It was just the fourth time in EMU history that the women notched 20 or more wins.
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, Va., with his wife Ruth and their daughter Jasmine and son Jeremiah.