|Previous College:||Southern Connecticut State, 1963|
Robert Griffin is in his sixth season as a member of the Crusader coaching staff, as he will continue to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this season. Griffin has spent the last five season as the quarterbacks coach at Holy Cross, while adding the responsibility of offensive coordinator last year. Last season, Griffin helped direct the Crusaders to an average of 21.8 points and 334.9 yards per game. During his tenure at Holy Cross, he helped develop two of the greatest quarterbacks in program history, in Brian Hall and current senior John O'Neil. Hall ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in passing yards, and became the first player in school history with 5,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. O'Neil enters his final collegiate season ranked fourth all-time at Holy Cross in touchdown passes and fifth in passing yards. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Griffin spent four seasons as the wide receivers coach and pass-game coordinator at Syracuse University, from 1995-1998. The Orangemen won Big East titles in three of Griffin's four seasons at Syracuse, where he coached players including All-Americans Kevin Johnson and Marvin Harrison. He also helped lead Syracuse to four major bowl games -- the Gator Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl. From 1976-1992, Griffin served as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island for 17 seasons. He compiled an overall record of 79-107-1 during his time with the Rams, with his teams winning Yankee Conference titles in 1981, 1984 and 1985. Griffin's squad also participated in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs following the 1981, 1984 and 1985 seasons, advancing to the semifinals in 1984 and the quarterfinals in 1985. Griffin was named the Yankee Conference Coach of the Year and the Kodack Division I-AA District I Coach of the Year in both 1984 and 1985. He won more games than any other coach in the history of Rhode Island football, and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Griffin also spent four seasons as the head coach at Idaho State University from 1972-1975, leading the Bengals to an overall record of 21-20. His teams finished in second place in the Big Sky Conference in both 1972 and 1975, and he was named the Kodak District VIII Coach of the Year in 1975. Griffin also spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Idaho State. In addition to coaching on the collegiate level, Griffin has international coaching experience, having served as the head coach of the Berlin Adler in the professional league in Germany from 1993-1994. He posted a 27-5-1 mark in two seasons in Germany, making it to the national championship game in his second year. A 1963 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Griffin earned his master's degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1971. He and his wife, Rosanne, currently reside in Narragansett, R.I. The couple has three children (Michael, Kevin and Amy Roy) and four grandchildren.
Griffin's Collegiate Coaching File
Years School Position 1971 Idaho State Offensive Coordinator 1972-1975 Idaho State Head Coach 1976-1992 Rhode Island Head Coach 1995-1998 Syracuse Pass-Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach 2000-2003 Holy Cross Quarterbacks Coach 2004-2005 Holy Cross Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach