Griffin resigns as Head Coach at NAIA Roosevelt U

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Joe Griffin has resigned from his position as head men’s basketball coach after 12 years at Roosevelt University.

“We would like to thank Coach Griffin for his contributions to our athletic department,” said John Jaramillo, Director of Athletics. “We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

“After a rewarding 12 years, I have decided to resign from my position as head men’s basketball coach at Roosevelt University,” said Griffin. “I am grateful for my tenure at Roosevelt and the experience it provided. 

“My family and I will always have fond memories of the basketball program that we helped to create, and I am hopeful that the supporters of the program and the student-athletes welcome new leadership with open arms. I wish Roosevelt University nothing but the best.”

This past season, the former Michigan State GA led the Lakers to a 19-12 (13-9 CCAC) record.

Some highlight’s of Griffin’s tenure at Roosevelt include:

  • Built the program from scratch after being hired in 2009.   
  • Win total increased each year the first 5 seasons, from 2011 to 2015.  
  • 2018 NAIA National Tournament, final season ranking of #16 in the NAIA D2.
  • 2018 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year, 2018 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC Co-Coach of the Year)
  • 2 time NAIA All-American Jake Ludwig (2018, 2019)
  • Had 3 of the last 7 CCAC Freshman of the Year:  Ludwig – 2016, Josh Redic – 2020, Trenton Kyler – 2022.  
  • Successfully integrated the Robert Morris University (NAIA) basketball program in 2020, right before the virus, as a part of a university merger/acquisition with RMU.  
  • 35 out of 35 graduates (100%) the last 8 years.
  • 13 All-CCAC players the last 12 years, 
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