Dr. Griffith began working at Lipscomb in the fall of 1980. During his time at Lipscomb, Dr. Griffith has served as department chair of the former Health and Physical Education Department, men[apos]s tennis coach, assistant baseball coach (served under Hall of Famer Ken Dugan), cross country coach, and an assistant athletic director. Currently, he splits his time between athletics and academics, serving as Director of Tennis and teaching.
Dr. Griffith received the bachelor[apos]s degree from Lipscomb in 1976. He received the Master[apos]s of Science and Doctor of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Griffith has coached tennis for 18 of the 24 years he has been at Lipscomb. His current match record stands at 332 - 233. Dr. Griffith has overseen the tennis program during the transition from NAIA membership to NCAA D-1 membership. He was named the NCAA D-1 Independent Men[apos]s Coach of the Year in 2002. Also as tennis coach, two of his teams have participated in the NAIA National Tournament. His teams won three Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. He was named TCAC Coach of the Year in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, and 1990.
He stepped down from coaching tennis in 1992 for six years so he could watch his two sons play athletics.
Dr. Griffith served as Lipscomb[apos]s cross country coach from 1994 - 1999. Every year that Dr. Griffith was cross country coach, Lipscomb had runners participate in the NAIA National Cross Country meet. In 1997, he was named the TranSouth Conference Cross-Country Coach of the year.
Dr. Griffith is a professor in the Kinesiology Department. He teaches courses in Motor Learning, Kinesiology, Mechanics of Movement, and coaching education. He currently maintains memberships in the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association and the United States Professional Tennis Registry. In the past, he has written a regular fitness column for The Sandlotter (publication dealing with local baseball).
He is married to the former Dianne Goolsby. They have two sons, Matthew and Cole. The Griffith[apos]s attend the Hillsboro congregation, where he serves as a deacon. The Griffith[apos]s are quite involved in international mission work, particularly in Haiti.
Dr. Griffith enjoys strength training, tennis, and racquetball. Besides being a fan of all Lipscomb athletics, Dr. Griffith is an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, Tennessee Titans, and Nashville Predators.