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Jack Griffin, Longtime Assistant Football Coach, Dies at 83

June 27, 2011

AJC obituary on Coach Griffin

ATLANTA – Jack Griffin, an 18-year assistant coach for Bobby Dodd and Bud Carson at Georgia Tech, passed away Sunday at Emory Hospital at the age of 83.

Griffin, 83, spent the first 13 years of his career at Tech on Dodd’s staff, serving at offensive ends coach from 1954-56, then as offensive coordinator from 1957-66, when Dodd retired. He remained as an offensive assistant and assistant head coach for Carson until he left following the 1971 season.

An Atlanta native who attended Boys High School, Griffin played football at Tech from 1946-49, graduated in 1950 with a degree in Industrial management. Griffin was the head coach and athletic director at North Fulton High School in Atlanta when Dodd hired him in April of 1954.

Griffin helped Dodd coach Tech to eight bowl appearances in his final 13 seasons, and to two bowl games in five seasons under Carson. He was a part of 118 Tech football victories.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carlyne, and a daughter, Leigh.

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