MURFREESBORO- Chowan University has officially added men's lacrosse for the 2016-17 academic year.
The search for Chowan's first men's lacrosse coach concluded with the hiring of Jim Griffin, who eagerly accepted the challenge of implementing the Hawks' first recruiting class. "I am very excited to begin men's lacrosse here at Chowan University. The academic programs, facilities, and moral culture make this a homerun for men's lacrosse. The University sits in great proximity to lacrosse hotbeds in every direction….and will offer an ideal environment for student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level," Griffin stated.
Vice President/Director of Athletics, Ozzie McFarland added, "I believe we have found the perfect person to start our men's lacrosse program…one who has already started two programs. Jim has strong ties to North Carolina…He will be an excellent addition to our staff and should help us meet our goal of being one of the best lacrosse programs in the region".
"I look forward to contacting lacrosse players around the United States to tell them about this great institution and inviting them to part of something special here at Chowan," Griffin added.
With the addition of men's lacrosse, Chowan's athletic department supports 18 athletic teams with eight men's programs and ten women's programs as well as a co-ed cheerleading team.
Prior to joining the staff at Chowan, Griffin served as head coach at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. He came to Post in 2012 and recruited 43 student-athletes that took the field for their inaugural season in 2014. The program earned four wins in their first season of competition with three freshmen ranking in the top five of the NCAA Division II statistical rankings in goals scored. The team also posted a grade point average of 3.2 and had one All-NEILA First Team selection and one All-NEILA Second Team honoree.
In the program's second season, Post ended the year with a 6-8 overall record and was selected to compete in the 2015 ECAC Division II Championship. Griffin was honored as a NEILA Coach of the Year finalist and the program was ranked sixth in the NEILA New England Division II.
Before starting the program at Post, Griffin served as head coach at York College of Pennsylvania from 2005-2011, and guided the team's transition from a club team to NCAA Division III varsity sport. He earned 56 wins during his time at York and had 14 student-athletes earn All-Capital recognition, two named NCAA Division III All-American, two USILA North-South selections and one NCAA statistical leader (2006). The team made seven straight appearances in Capital Athletic Conference playoffs. Griffin still stands as Yorks' men's lacrosse all-time leader in wins as head coach.
Griffin also gained coaching experience coaching club teams from 2012-2014.
He played men's lacrosse at Limestone College and Community College of Baltimore City Essex and was awarded Maryland's Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award in 1995.