Griffin Added to WBB Coaching Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State women's basketball coach Kellie Harper announced Tuesday the hiring of former Charlotte and South Carolina assistant coach Ken Griffin as an assistant coach for her upcoming third season with the Wolfpack.

"I've known Ken Griffin a long time and I have always been impressed," said Harper. "I'm thrilled to be adding him to our staff.

"First and foremost, Coach Griffin is a wonderful person and a great fit for our staff, program, and University. He will be a strong recruiter and help us attract and sign impact players. Coach Griffin will also be a valuable asset on the court as he helps develop our players and team. We're anxious to have him in NC State red!"

Griffin fills the void left by Richard Barron, who spent the last two seasons at NC State, before taking the head coaching job at the University of Maine this spring.

He spent the last four seasons as a member of the Charlotte 49ers coaching staff. During his time in the Queen City the program recorded an 86-47 record and made four postseason appearances, including a spot in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after winning the Atlantic-10 Conference title.

The 2010-11 team won a school-record 27 games and reached the Women's NIT Final Four.

Griffin joined the Charlotte coaching staff in 2007 after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina (2005-07).

The Gamecocks won 35 games in those two seasons, and made two Postseason WNIT appearances, advancing to the third round in 2007. In his first season he helped South Carolina win nine more games than the season before his arrival.

Griffin's work with the post players was key to the two-year improvement in Columbia. The Gamecocks set single-season school records for blocked shots, field goal percentage defense and scoring defense in 2005-06. He played a major role in helping forward Demetress Adams earn SEC All-Freshman team honors and an invite to the USA Basketball U-20 national team tryouts in the summer of 2006.

Griffin has a been a well-known figure in recruiting circles for many years. Prior to joining the South Carolina coaching staff, he served as director of scouting for the Southeast Roundball Journal for one year. At the Journal, he was responsible for the evaluation of both regional and national talent for one of the nation's leading women's recruiting and scouting services. He also served as tournament director for national and regional showcase camps.

From 2003-05, he coordinated all basketball operations for Garden City Roundball Inc. He was responsible for the daily activities of running a national travel-team program including recruiting, player evaluations, individual skill workouts and practices.

Before moving to the coordinator position, he spent four years as head coach of Garden City Roundball Inc. He assisted in securing athletic scholarships for more than 25 players, including the development of a dozen High School All-Americans.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., with a degree in sociology-social work in 1994.

Griffin and his wife Stephanie are the parents of two sons, Maxamus and Nygel.

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