Roosevelt Lakers
Men's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 CCAC: 0-0
2017-18 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Joe Griffin
Head Coach - 8th Season
Phone: 312-341-6737

Alma Mater: Michigan State (B.A.- Advertising, 2003); Wayne State (M.A.- Sports Administration, 2005); Michigan State (M.S.- Athletic Coaching, 2008)

Roosevelt University Head Men's Basketball Coach Joe Griffin enters his eight season at the helm of the Lakers, positioning his team for its best season yet in 2017-18 as he continues his reconstruction efforts in a program that was dormant for 21 years.

Named the fourth head coach in school history on August 17, 2009 and the first since the Roosevelt University Athletic Department was restarted that year, Griffin has quickly cemented his reputation as a tireless recruiter, dedicated instructor and razor-sharp in-game tactician.

Under Griffin's leadership, Roosevelt men's basketball has been predicated on hustle and success in numerous facets on and off the court. Defense. Rebounding. Academics, as proven by his team's last three years of combined GPAs of 3.0 or better. Graduation, leadership development, pathways to employment. A complete and well-rounded student-athlete experience. 

In addition to promoting commitment to basketball and academics, Griffin is a major proponent of giving back to the community. He has engaged his team in numerous volunteering and community service efforts, including a basketball clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood as part of a partnership with the Chicago Police Department that earned recognition from the CPD and the 7th District Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) Office and annual participation in Coaches vs. Cancer activities. His emphasis on camaraderie has been shown with his team’s presence at various Roosevelt athletic and campus events to support fellow Lakers and campus units.  

The 37-year old Michigan native learned his trade under the tutelage of Michigan State Head Coach and recent Hall of Fame inductee Tom Izzo, serving for two seasons (2006-08) as a Graduate Assistant coach for the Spartans. Griffin's coaching philosophy, which emphasizes defense, rebounding, and a fast paced offense was reflected in the Spartans' play during his tenure. 

At Michigan State, Griffin played pivotal roles for the Spartans in the areas of player development, strength and conditioning, opponent and self-scouting, travel, film exchange and recruiting. In his two seasons with the Spartans, Griffin aided Michigan State to 50 wins and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the ‘Sweet 16' in 2008.

Griffin obtained his second graduate degree in 2008, a Master of Science in Coaching at Michigan State.

Griffin was born in Flint and later graduated from Romeo High School in Romeo, Mich. Griffin went on to play two seasons at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich., before heading to Michigan State, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising in 2003.

Griffin is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as well as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and has worked and been involved with numerous basketball camps and clinics throughout the country. He is also the 2017-18 CCAC men’s basketball sport chair, entering his fifth year in that leadership role for the conference, serving as a liaison between coaches, the executive committee, and the NAIA. 

He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Oak Park, Ill.  The couple has one son, Jackson Joseph, a daughter, Colleen, and infant son Dane.

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Roy Ramos
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 312-764-0975