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July 11, 2013

Griffin to join Carey’s staff at WVU

MORGANTOWN — It seems if West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey isn’t hiring an assistant coach he isn’t doing anything.

This time he has hired Ken Griffin to join his staff.

“Ken brings a wealth of experience, both recruiting and on the basketball court,” Carey said. “We are very excited to have Ken become a part of our program.”

“I am really looking forward to working with Mike and the rest of the coaching staff competing toward a Big 12 championship, as well as a national championship,” Griffin said. “I have to thank coach Carey for the opportunity and am excited about the move and the transition to Morgantown.”

Since joining the collegiate ranks in 2005, Griffin has been a key coaching figure in eight consecutive postseason appearances. Most recently as an assistant coach with N.C. State women’s basketball, Griffin played an integral role in the Wolfpack’s back-to-back WNIT appearances.

Prior to N.C. State, Griffin spent four seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte, helping the 49ers to four consecutive postseason appearances, the WNIT in 2008, 2010 and the semifinal round in 2011, while also making an NCAA appearance in 2009 after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference title. During his time with UNC Charlotte, the program recorded an 86-47 overall record, including winning a school-record 27 games in 2010-11.

From 2005-07, Griffin served as an assistant coach at South Carolina. The Gamecocks won 35 games in those two seasons, and made two postseason WNIT appearances, advancing to the third round in 2007. In his first season, he helped South Carolina win nine more games than the season before his arrival.

Griffin’s work with the post players was key to the two-year improvement in Columbia. The Gamecocks set single-season school records for blocked shots, field goal percentage defense and scoring defense in 2005-06. He played a major role in helping forward Demetress Adams earn SEC All-Freshman team honors and an invite to the USA Basketball U-20 National Team tryouts in the summer of 2006.

Griffin has been a well-known figure in recruiting circles for many years. Prior to joining the South Carolina coaching staff, he served as director of scouting for one year with the Southeast Roundball Journal. At the Journal, he was responsible for the evaluation of both regional and national talent for one of the nation’s leading women’s recruiting and scouting services. He also served as tournament director for national and regional showcase camps.

From 2003-05, he coordinated all basketball operations for Garden City Roundball, Inc. He was responsible for the daily activities of running a national travel-team program including recruiting, player evaluations, individual skill workouts and practices.

Before moving to the coordinator position, he spent four years as head coach of Garden City Roundball, Inc. He assisted in securing athletic scholarships for more than 25 players, including the development of a dozen high school All-Americans.

One of those players was former 1,000-point scorer Nikitta Gartrell, who played at N.C. State from 2007-10 and led her team to the 2010 NCAA Tournament in her final season.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., with a degree in sociology-social work in 1994. Griffin has two sons, Maxamus and Nygel.

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