Griffin Leaving Post As Coach of the Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--Mike Griffin announced on Monday evening that he is retiring from his position as head coach of the Auburn men's golf team. However, Griffin will remain at AU and continue his role as director of golf.

Since coming to Auburn from Troy State University 25 years ago, Griffin's teams have made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances. Four times SEC Coach of the Year, he led the Tigers to the league title in 2002 and eight other times his Auburn team finished second in the SEC.

Griffin coached 20 All-Americans at Auburn, one NCAA individual champion, three SEC individual champions, one SEC Player of the Year and three SEC Freshmen of the Year. He also coached 13 Academic All-Americans and 36 Academic All-SEC golfers.

His teams won 39 tournament titles in his 25 seasons coaching the Tigers. Two of his players, Jason Dufner and Roland Thatcher, are having successful seasons on the PGA Tour this year. Dufner is coming off back-to-back Top 10 finishes.

This season Griffin's Tigers struggled and did not make the NCAA Tournament, however two of his golfers, senior Glenn Northcutt and sophomore Cole Moreland, will represent Auburn in postseason play. Both will compete as individuals at the NCAA Southwest Regional in Austin, Tex.

"I have been here a long time and after looking at things through experienced eyes, I decided this is what was best for me and my family and for Auburn golf and the young people here," Griffin said. "When I was brought here, my purpose was to get a golf course, practice facility and team home built and those have been completed.

"We've been very competitive, winning several tournament and individual titles, including SEC and regional team and individual titles and an NCAA individual title," Griffin said. "The only thing we've not accomplished was winning a team title, however, what makes it better was having the opportunity to host an NCAA Championship (in 2000 at Grand National in Opelika).

"I'm very appreciative of Coach (Pat) Dye hiring me and to Buddy Davidson for recruiting me to Auburn," Griffin said of the former athletic director and assistant athletic director. "This program has become very competitive, and I think our next coach can take this program and run with it, and that is what is exciting to me. I'm looking forward to assisting with the transition."

Former Tiger Jay Mosley (left) is shown with Griffin at the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Griffin, who was named NCAA South Region Coach of the Year five times at Auburn, was head coach at Troy from 1973-84 before coming to AU. Griffin was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

"Mike Griffin has experienced a tremendous amount of success during the last 25 years and we appreciate everything that he has done not only in building this golf program to one of the finest in the nation, but for what he gave to the department, university and community,* Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said.

""Mike possesses great character and integrity and is one of the most respected coaches in the golf world," Jacobs added. "He has touched the lives of countless student-athletes, developing many not only into successful golfers, but also into productive students and citizens. We are pleased that Mike will be staying on and assisting with the transition of the program."

Former Tiger standout Lee Williams (left) shakes Griffin's hands at the end of a round in 2005.

At Troy State, his alma mater, he coached the Trojans to three NCAA Division II titles and seven conference championships.

At Auburn Griffin helped get the men's and women's golf teams their own home course, The Auburn University Club, as well as the recently completed Jack Key Teaching Facility that is the home to both the men's and women's teams.

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