Coker names Griffin director of athletics

Lynn Griffin (Source: Coker College)
Lynn Griffin (Source: Coker College)

Hartsville, SC - From Coker College

HARTSVILLE, SC - Coker College president Dr. Robert Wyatt announced Monday that following a national search, Lynn Griffin has been selected to lead the Coker College Athletic Department as the College's Director of Athletics. Griffin comes to Coker after spending the past seven years at the University of Indianapolis serving as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance Coordinator and Senior Woman Administrator.

The 2008 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Administrator of the Year, Griffin has more than 12 years collegiate administrative experience, including the direct oversight of 11 sports at Indianapolis, with nine of those teams winning Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championships, or advancing to the NCAA post season during her time.

Dr. Wyatt expressed his confidence that Griffin is an exceptional person to lead Coker athletics to great things. "We are thrilled to have Lynn join the Coker family. I am very excited by her commitment to helping us build an athletic program of which we can all be proud and one that exemplifies the model embodied by the NCAA Division II "Life in the Balance" platform of preparing student-athletes for their careers after college."

Griffin is also a member of two NCAA (women's basketball and swimming and diving), as well as being an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the NACWAA. She was also a member of the Indianapolis faculty; serving as an instructor in the Sports Management department.

"Coker College is extremely fortunate to name Lynn Griffin as their next Director of Athletics," said Dr. Sue Willey Director of Athletics at Indianapolis. "She has phenomenal qualifications and is one of the hardest working people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It has been a privilege to work with her over the past seven years. There is absolutely no doubt that Lynn's leadership abilities will take Coker Athletics to new heights. This is a sad day for Greyhound Athletics but we are all excited for Lynn's new position and wish her the very best."

Prior to her time at Indy, Griffin had been the Associate Director of Athletics, Compliance Coordinator, Senior Women's Administrator, Head Women's Basketball Coach, and Sport Studies Instructor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Before St. Andrews, Griffin was the head women's basketball coach and physical education instructor at the University of South Dakota and while also serving as assistant women's basketball coach and P.E. instructor at UNC-Ashville.

"I am honored to be part of the Coker Family as the new director of athletics," said Griffin. "From the first moment I arrived in Hartsville I felt there were great things happening at Coker. Not only great things, but great people with an energy and love for the school. Dr. Wyatt's vision for Coker is exciting and something that I knew I wanted to be a part of. I am blessed to be embraced by so many at Coker during this process. The hospitality and excitement that each person has shown me has been amazing. I look forward to working with Dr. Wyatt and the Hartsville community as we build upon the past successes of the athletics department and the institution, as we work together to continue to make Coker an institution that we are all proud of."

A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Griffin began her career as an assistant women's basketball coach and exercise and sports science instructor at Tarleton State University in Texas, where she earned a master's degree in exercise and sports studies.

In college she was a two sport athlete, competing in women's basketball and softball at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke from 1986-90.

As athletic director at Coker she will be responsible for the oversight of a NCAA Division II athletic department with 13 intercollegiate teams competing in Conference Carolinas. Her responsibilities will also include athletic department planning, program development and assessment, budget and resource management, supervision of compliance with NCAA and Conference Carolinas rules and regulations, coaching and support staff appointments, professional development, outreach to the local and regional community, fundraising, and recruitment and retention of student athletes.