Alma Mater: Michigan State (B.A., 2003); Wayne State (M.A., 2005); Michigan State (M.S., 2008)
Joe Griffin was named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Roosevelt University on August 17, 2009,
bringing with him an enthusiasm for building a program that matches his pedigree. The fourth head coach in Roosevelt men's basketball history, Griffin has been charged with reviving a program that has been dormant for the last 20 years, and constructing a team that will begin competing in 2010-11 at the NAIA level as members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
While he got his start in coaching at the high school level, the 30-year old Michigan native honed his skills under the tutelage of Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, serving for two seasons (2006-08) as a graduate assistant coach for the Spartans.
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 where MSU was edged out by eventual national runner-up Memphis.
Griffin's coaching philosophy which emphasizes defense and rebounding was reflected in the Spartans' play during his tenure. The squad led the Big Ten in rebounding margin and was amongst the nation's leaders in field goal percentage defense each year. Griffin helped in the development of many former and current Michigan State standouts during his tenure, including NBA Draft pick Goran Suton (2009 All-Big Ten), Travis Walton (2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year), Raymar Morgan (2008 All-Big Ten), Drew Neitzel (2008 All-Big Ten, All-America Second Team), and Kalin Lucas (2009 Big Ten Player of the Year).
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.
Following his two years at Michigan State, Griffin broadened his coaching resume as he headed southwest to take on assistant coaching duties at NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico University. Despite spending just one season with the Greyhounds prior to taking his current position at Roosevelt, Griffin still managed to establish strong recruiting ties in the state of Texas, as well as the entire southwest, that will benefit the Lakers in the future.
Griffin's strongest recruiting ties remain in his home state of Michigan. He 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., beforeenrollingat Michigan State, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising in 2003.
Griffin's next stop was graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. It was while earning a Master of Arts in Sports Administration that he got his first taste of coaching, leading the freshman team and assisting the varsity team at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Mich., during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Finding his true calling in coaching, Griffin headed to Jacksonville, Fla., for one year as assistant varsity boy's basketball coach and English teacher at Sandalwood High School before returning to his home state to take the graduate assistant position for Coach Izzo.
Griffin is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and has worked and been involved with numerous basketball camps and clinics throughout the country. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Chicago.