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Matt Griffin named new athletic director

Matt Griffin named new athletic directoMatt Griffin, athletic directorr

Matt Griffin has been named as Southern Polytechnic State University’s new athletic director, effective July 1.

Griffin comes into the position after serving seven years as assistant athletic director and nine years as head baseball coach.

In the past nine seasons, Griffin has accrued a 364-169 (.682) record and currently averages 40.44 wins per season.

In 1998, Griffin graduated from the SPSU baseball field with a degree in business administration and joined the Chicago Cubs organization. He played in the Cubs' minor league for two years before returning to SPSU as assistant coach for the baseball team. Four years later, he was promoted to head coach and has held that title for the past nine seasons.

He has won multiple awards including being named the 2007 SSAC (Southern States Athletic Conference) Coach of the Year, 2007 and 2008 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year and the 2009 NAIA ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) Region Coach of the Year.

In 2009, he set a school record in wins in a season (53) and recorded the highest ranking in SPSU baseball history (4th). Griffin also has nine straight 30+ win seasons.

Under his leadership, 10 Hornets have been drafted to play professional baseball including this year’s players Matt Kimbrel and Casey Shiver.