The 2011-12 season was a great success for the Lakers in only their second season of play, going 9-20 overall, good for a 5-win improvement. The Lakers finished second in the conference in Opponent 3-pt FG% and second overall in offensive rebounding, confirming their style as aggressive and always on the attack. Roosevelt also finished third in the conference in steals and in defensive rebounding percentage. The Lakers were lead by seniors Paul and Mark Tometich, with Paul earning 2nd-team All-CCAC and Mark earning Honorable Mention All-CCAC. They were joined in recognition by junior Brandyn Denson, who was voted 2nd-team All-CCAC as well. The Lakers recorded signature wins at home over Ashford and conference rival St. Francis, while playing an ultra-competitive schedule, including three NCAA Division I exhibitions.
2013-13 was a huge step forward for Griffin's third-year program. Led by All-CCAC Honorable Mention sophomores in point guard Tyree York and forward Jeremiah Jackson to go with Denson's leadership and sophomore Joe Harks' team-leading scoring output, the Lakers won a modern-era-best 15 games, marking the first time the team registered double-digit wins. Roosevelt posted more victories in 2012-13 than the previous two seasons combined, with the Lakers continuing their upward trend by increasing their wins and winning percentage for a third consecutive year.
Under Griffin's leadership, Roosevelt men's basketball has been predicated on hard work and success in various facets. Defense. Rebounding. Academics, as proven by his team's Spring 2013 3.04 grade point average. A complete and well-rounded student-athlete experience.
With a true home-court advantage for a full season for the first time in school history, thanks to the opening of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center in December 2012, and another year of putting the pieces together for a young program, Griffin has Roosevelt primed for another big leap forward in 2013-14 and beyond.
Griffin obtained his second graduate degree in 2008, a Master of Science in Coaching at Michigan State. He was also a guest instructor within the Kinesiology department of the College of Education and a featured speaker at the 2008 Spartan Strength & Conditioning Clinic.
Rolle seamlessly transitioned into a greater role with the Lakers in the middle of the 2012-13 season, when former top assistant Kevin Devitt earned an opportunity to join the staff of NCAA Division I program UAB. Rolle proved to be a steady source of leadership for head coach Joe Griffin during a season in which Roosevelt won more games than the previous two seasons combined.
"Aaron really stepped up for us as an assistant last year when Coach Devitt left in midseason for UAB," said Griffin. "Aaron has made great strides in his two years as an assistant, and we are confident that he will continue to grow and progress in this, his third year. Aaron’s strongest attributes are in his ability to relate to our players, recruits, and all stakeholders in our program.
"Aaron is a natural teacher and a great role model for our guys.”