Eddie Griffin (coach)

Eddie Griffin is an American collegiate athletic director and former collegiate wrestling coach. He currently serves as the athletic director at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.[1] Prior to this Griffin served as the athletic director at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and the head wrestling coach at Central Oklahoma, and Clemson University.

Eddie Griffin
Current position
TitleAthletic director
TeamCentral Oklahoma
ConferenceThe MIAA
Biographical details
Alma materUniversity of Central Oklahoma (M.Ed.)
Playing career
1967–1972Oklahoma State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1976Ardmore HS (OK)
1976–1978Del City HS (OK)
1978–1982Central State (OK)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2000–2008Northeastern State
2017–presentCentral Oklahoma
Accomplishments and honors
3 NAIA (1979, 1981, 1982)
1 ACC (1991)
3 NAIA National coach of the year (1979, 1981, 1982)
Co–ACC coach of the year (1991)

Early lifeEdit

Griffin attended U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City. He studied at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma from 1967–1972 and was a member of the Cowboy wrestling squad. During his time in Stillwater OSU won two NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[2] After graduation, Griffin began his coaching career at Ardmore High School, then moved to coach at Del City High School. His final season of coaching the Eagles he coached freshman standout and future wrestling legend John Smith to third place in the state tournament.[3]

Central OklahomaEdit

In 1978 Griffin became the head coach at Central State University (UCO). During his four years in Edmond his Bronchos won three NAIA national championships in 1979, 1981, and 1982. He also notably defeated several NCAA Division I programs.[4] While coaching at UCO, his teams produced 26 All-Americans and 11 individual national champions.[5] He decided to resign from CSU after the 1982 season.


After a year removed from coaching Griffin accepted the head coaching position at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.[6] He led the Tigers from the 1983–1984 season until 1991. His Tigers finished second in the ACC his first season. Clemson remained nationally ranked for several seasons under Griffin's tenure. In 1991, the Tigers won their first ACC regular season championship, and the conference named Griffin co-ACC coach of the year.[7] He retired after the 1991 season.

Post-Clemson coachingEdit

From 1992 to 2000 Griffin served as the athletic director for Oklahoma City Public Schools. He then became the athletic director at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.[8] During his tenure Northeastern State won the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Also, Northeastern State changed their mascot from the Redmen to the RiverHawks in a proactive move to avoid possible sanctions from the NCAA Native American mascot decision.[9][10] In 2008, Griffin resigned as athletic director and became the executive director of the Jim Thorpe Association.[11]

Effective October 1, 2008, Griffin stepped down from his post NSU to become the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He held this position until October 1, 2017, when he received an opportunity to return to UCO.[12]

Return to UCOEdit

In 2017, Griffin returned to Central Oklahoma as the school's athletic director, under University President Don Betz, who also worked with Griffin while Betz was president of Northeastern State.[5]


  1. ^ "UCO announces old name as new athletic director".
  2. ^ "Eddie Griffin receives Gallagher Award from Oklahoma State wrestling - TheMat.com - USA Wrestling". content.themat.com.
  3. ^ "Collected Wisdom: Eddie Griffin, Executive director of the Jim Thorpe Association". November 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Central Oklahoma Athletics - Hall of Fame". www.bronchosports.com.
  5. ^ a b Godfrey, Ed. (October 25, 2017). "Eddie Griffin named athletic director at UCO". Retrieved June 21, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Griffin Fills Clemson Post". July 1, 1983.
  7. ^ Blackman, Sam; Bradley, Bob; Kriese, Chuck (2001). Clemson:Where the Tigers Come to Play. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 201. ISBN 1582613699. Retrieved December 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Griffin becomes NSU athletic director". June 15, 2000.
  9. ^ "NSU dropping 'Redmen' mascot". May 24, 2006.
  10. ^ Ruckman, S.E. "NSU announces six finalists for its new mascot to replace Redmen".
  11. ^ "Griffin says so long to NSU job". Retrieved July 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Griffin announces retirement from NSU". Retrieved July 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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