July 16, 2001
ATLANTA – Paul Griffin, the director of athletics at the University of South Florida for 15 years, has joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association as a special consultant, director of athletics Dave Braine announced Monday.
Griffin, who guided the USF athletic program to unprecedented success with 10 teams in NCAA championship competition in 2000-01, will work with Tech athletics in a number of areas, including the Institute’s role as host of the NCAA 2002 Men’s Final Four and 2003 Women’s Final Four basketball tournaments.
“I have the utmost respect for Paul and the great job he did at South Florida,” said Braine. “We can use his expertise in running the Final Four events here the next two years, and also in game management and other areas of our operation.”
Griffin oversaw South Florida’s entry into Conference USA for the 1995-96 academic year after four years of membership in the Metro Conference. The Bulls won 21 championships as a member of Conference USA and 18 in four years as a member of the Metro Conference under Griffin.
Griffin was credited with streamlining the USF athletics department and broadening its role in the community, helping the Tampa/St. Petersburg local organizing committee land the 1999 NCAA Men’s Final Four, the 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and the 1998 NCAA Men’s South Regional. USF also hosted the 1990 and 1991 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships under his leadership.
Prior to his tenure at South Florida, Griffin spent five years as director of athletics at Jacksonville University and also served as athletics director and lacrosse coach at Roanoke College.
A 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, Griffin also holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from Long Island University.
Griffin and his wife, Maureen, have one son, Michael.