John Griffin (basketball)

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John Griffin
Biographical details
Born (1956-05-17) May 17, 1956 (age 63)
Playing career
1974–1978 Saint Joseph's
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1982 Saint Joseph's (asst.)
1982–1986 Siena
1990–1995 Saint Joseph's
Head coaching record
Overall 145–113 (.562)
Accomplishments and honors
ECAC North Coach of the Year (1985)

John Griffin (May 17, 1956) is an American former college basketball player and coach at Saint Joseph's and Siena.[1][2]

Coaching career

After playing for the Hawks from 1974 to 1978, Griffin returned as an assistant coach in 1980, staying for two seasons before taking the head coaching job at Siena. In four seasons at Siena, Griffin compiled a 70–44 record and earned ECAC North Coach of the Year honors in 1985. After leaving Siena in 1986 to enter the private sector, Griffin returned to coaching by taking the helm of his alma mater for five seasons, amassing a 75–69 record and two NIT appearances before being replaced by his assistant, Phil Martelli.

Personal life

Both of Griffin's sons played college basketball and are also current coaches. Son John played basketball at Bucknell and is a current assistant coach at the school.[3] Griffin's other son Matt played at Rider and Boston University and is the current head boys basketball coach at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.[4]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Siena Saints (ECAC North) (1982–1986)
1982–83 Siena 12–16 6–8 5th
1983–84 Siena 15–13 8–8 T–5th
1984–85 Siena 22–7 12–4 3rd
1985–86 Siena 21–8 12–6 4th
Siena: 70–44 (.614) 38–26 (.594)
Saint Joseph's Hawks (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1990–1995)
1990–91 Saint Joseph's 13–17 7–11 8th
1991–92 Saint Joseph's 13–15 6–10 T–6th
1992–93 Saint Joseph's 18–11 8–6 T–2nd NIT First Round
1993–94 Saint Joseph's 14–14 5–11 8th
1994–95 Saint Joseph's 17–12 9–7 T–4th NIT First Round
Saint Joseph's: 75–69 (.521) 35–45 (.438)
Total: 217–226 (.490)


  1. ^ "John Griffin Coaching Record - College Basketball at".
  2. ^ "John Griffin and Bill Phillips to be Inducted into SJU Basketball Hall of Fame".
  3. ^ "John Griffin Bio".
  4. ^ "Griffin named basketball coach at Roman Catholic".
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