|Alma Mater:||Western Ontario University, '94|
Andrew Griffiths finished his fourth year at the helm of the Old Dominion field hockey program in 2016 after being named the fourth head coach in school history in December 2012. With over 15 years of NCAA coaching experience, Griffiths picked up his 100th career win as a head coach with a victory over William & Mary on Sept. 11, 2015.
YEAR-BY-YEAR AT OLD DOMINION
Old Dominion finished the 2016 season with a 7-10 record and 3-4 mark within BIG EAST action. Griffiths' Lady Monarchs highlight of the season came on Sept. 2, when Casey Dolan scored a gamewinner in overtime to lift ODU past eventual NCAA champion and then-No. 14 Delaware, 3-2 OT, in front of the home crowd. ODU also battled eventual NCAA semifinalist UConn to a heartbreaking 2-1 loss that came after time had already expired.
Griffiths led several Lady Monarchs to individual accolades in 2016, as senior Meg Byas racked up a slew of honors including first team All-BIG EAST and first team VaSID All-State selection, second team NFHCA All-South Region recognition as well as being chosen for the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game. Danielle Grega was named first team All-BIG EAST, second team NFHCA All-South Region and was also selected to represent the United States on the U-21 Women's National Team. Additionally, Chrissy Horn earned second team All-BIG EAST honors while goalkeeper Kealsie Robles was named second team VaSID All-State.
Off the field, Griffiths' squad turned in an impressive 3.36 team GPA in the fall of 2016, as 12 Lady Monarchs landed a spot on the Dean's List.
The Lady Monarchs finished the 2015 season with a 9-10 overall record and defeated five nationally ranked teams, taking down No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 19 James Madison and No. 5 UVA. At the conclusion of the season, Griffiths had five players earn all-conference honors, while three went on to earn NFHCA All-Region accolades. Sarah Breen was also named a Second Team Longstreth/NFHCA All-American for the third time under Griffiths.
In Griffiths' second season at the helm, he led the program to its 27th conference tournament. The Lady Monarchs finished the season with an 11-8 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the league, ending the regular season ranked 18th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll. Six members earned BIG EAST honors, while Kelsey Smither, Sarah Breen and Rosario Villagra were named All-Americans. Smither, along with freshmen Danielle Grega, Carrie Sensenig and Kelly Weaver were also named NFHCA Scholars of Distinction. Smither ended her career with the NFHCA Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was named the Alumni Associations Female Athlete of the Year at the annual ODU Athletics Banquet.
In his first season as head coach with Old Dominion, Griffiths helped ODU to their first BIG EAST regular season title. During the season, ODU won 12 straight games (longest since 2011) en route to an NCAA at-large berth and fourth-straight NCAA appearance.
PRIOR TO OLD DOMINION
From 2005-2007, Griffiths served as the associate head coach at Boston College leading the Eagles to a ranking of No. 4 in the nation during the 2006 season. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Maryland in 1998-99 and from 2001-2004. The Terps won the NCAA title in 1999, made Final Four appearances in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and had two Honda Award winners during his tenure.
His head coaching career began at Lafayette College where he was at the helm of the program for six years. Under Griffiths' leadership, Lafayette won back-to-back Patriot League titles in 2011 and 2012 and his teams competed in the conference championship game in five of his six seasons. His 2012 team was ranked as high as 11th nationally, and Griffiths was named the Division I National Coach of the Year by Synapse Sports and the USFHA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. The win-loss record at Lafayette improved to a 73-46 mark in his six years, following a three-year record of 16-39 prior to his arrival in 2007.
OTHER COACHING VENTURES
Internationally, Griffiths is well known, having served as an assistant coach for the USA under 21 women's national squad from 2004 - 2011. He served as an assistant coach to the USA Senior women's national team in 2003-04 and was a consultant to the Canadian men's national field hockey team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He currently holds a USFHA level 3 coaching accreditation, the highest level available domestically.
After graduating in 1994 in English from Western Ontario University in London, Ontario, Griffiths joined the coaching staff of his alma mater. He helped the team to the top 10 of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) for the first time in school history.
Griffiths played internationally as a member of the Canadian men's national team, appearing in 214 international games, including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, as well as in three Pan American Games and two World Cup competitions.
OFF THE FIELD
Griffiths earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He and his wife Tara, a former field hockey player at Quinnipiac College, are the parents of sons Aidan and Owen.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT COACH GRIFFITHS
"Andrew will grow and develop the Old Dominion Field Hockey Program. He has a healthy respect for our program and he is a great leader and teacher. The players can be very confident in their direction. I also want to welcome his family to our program, as they will have my unconditional support. I wish them all the best."
- Former ODU Head Coach Beth Anders
"Andrew respects the tradition and shares the core values of the Old Dominion field hockey program. He brings a passion for the sport and a tremendous mind for the game. As an alumnus of the program, I am excited to see Andrew chart the future path of Old Dominion field hockey. "
- Rhodes Scholar recipient Samantha Salvia
"We had the luxury of following a number of head coaches this past fall as we knew we would be in a search to replace Beth Anders at the conclusion of the season. We were fortunate to attract such strong interest in our women's field hockey vacancy and we are very pleased to announce Andrew Griffiths has accepted our offer to become just the fourth head coach in the history of our program. Andrew has enjoyed great success at every institution he has been. He has an impeccable resume and is one of the most respected head coaches in field hockey. Our goal at ODU remains to win our tenth national championship in field hockey and Coach Griffiths positions us extremely well to accomplish that goal."
- ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig
|2011||Lafayette||11-9||55/36||Patriot League Champions||55-43|
|2012||Lafayette||17-3||70/26||NCAA First Round/Patriot League Champions||72-46|
|2013||Old Dominion||13-8||54/29||NCAA First Round/Big East Champions||85-54|
|2015||Old Dominion||9-10||47/36||105-72 (.593)|