Megan Griffith '07CC is in her second season as head coach of the Columbia women's basketball team. She was named head coach in March of 2016 after spending the past six years at Princeton University.
In her first year back at her alma mater, Griffith coached the Lions to their best non-conference season in program history. Columbia started the year 10-3 to post its highest non-conference winning percentage (.769). The historic start included a six-game winning streak and the program's first victory over a Big East opponent, downing Providence in overtime, 66-64, at Levien Gymnasium.
Columbia ended the 2016-17 campaign 13-14 overall and won three Ivy League games. Griffith's first Ivy League victory came in history fashion, defeating Dartmouth on the road in quadruple overtime, 91-88, on January 27. The game tied for the longest in Ivy League women's basketball history and was featured that evening on SportsCenter.
Griffith's first season also saw Camille Zimmerman break the program's all-time single-season scoring record, netting 608 points and averaging 22.5 points per game. Zimmerman was unanimously chosen First Team All-Ivy League after leading the Ancient Eight in seven statistical categories including scoring and rebounding (9.6). Zimmerman was also named All-Met Division I Women's College Basketball Player of the Year by the Met Basketball Writers Association, becoming the first Lion in program history to receive the award since its inception in 1996.
Prior to her return to Columbia, Griffith spent six seasons at Princeton, including her last four as an assistant coach and the team’s recruiting coordinator. She also served as the Tigers’ director of basketball operations from 2010-12. The last two years, Griffith has helped Princeton make back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. During that span, the Tigers posted a 54-7 overall record, including an undefeated 30-0 regular season in 2014-15, and a 26-2 mark in Ivy League play.
In Griffith’s time with Princeton, the Tigers eclipsed 20 victories and reached the postseason each year, while securing five Ivy League titles. She has mentored 13 All-Ivy League players, including Blake Dietrick, who was the 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year and a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, and 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, Lauren Polansky.
Griffith captained the Lions for three seasons and was a two-time All-Ivy League selection (2006 and 2007). Griffith is one of nine Lions to score more than 1,000 points during her career, averaging 10.1 points per game. During her junior year, Griffth ranked 22nd in the nation in assists, averaging 5.5 per game, while chipping in 15.2 points per game. She was twice named Academic All-Ivy League and was a member of the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Team two straight years.
Following graduation, Griffith played three years of professional basketball in Europe. She joined FoA Nice Basketball in Forssa, Finland, during the 2007-08 season and was named the team’s MVP at the end of the season. In 2008-09, Griffith led the Espoo Basket Team to the National Finnish Championship and the Finnish Cup Championship titles. During the year she was also a youth basketball coach for Honka Basketball Club.
Griffith was also a member of the Celeritas-Donar Basketball team in Groningen, Netherlands. In addition, she was named a U20 Dames 1 assistant coach and U18 Northern Selection Team assistant coach, while working as a youth coach and clinic director for Celeritas-Donar.
Griffith founded Back to Basics Basketball in 2008, an organization developed to teach basketball skills, while providing training and mentoring in her hometown of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Griffith graduated from Columbia with a degree in economics in 2007.