Griffin to return to Amsterdam Mohawks for 2022 season

Keith Griffin is shown during a game in 2017.

Keith Griffin is shown during a game in 2017.

AMSTERDAM — It’s official.

The Amsterdam Mohawks announced Monday that Keith Griffin will return for another season with the franchise in 2022. 

“Getting ‘Coach Griff’ back is always our top priority in the offseason. He coaches the players all summer, and holds them to a higher standard that ultimately makes them go back to their colleges as better players,” Mohawks president Brian Spagnola said in a press release issued Monday.

“Amsterdam is like my second home and I am excited to be coming back again in 2022. You can’t find more passionate fans anywhere and I always tell the players that we want to win for them. We will work our hardest to keep bringing a championship product to Amsterdam,” Griffin said.

Since starting with the Mohawks, Griffin’s teams have produced a 436-175 record. This past season, the Mohawks lost in the PGCBL championship series to conclude a campaign that saw Griffin earn his coaching career’s 1,100th win. With Amsterdam, Griffin’s teams have won league championships in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019.

Griffin first became a head coach at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida, in 1980, and spent a decade at that program. Griffin then spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level before 13 seasons as a head coach at the junior-college level, split between Jefferson Davis Community College — where he won an NJCAA Division II national championship in 1998 — and Okaloosa-Walton College.

The Mohawks’ press release regarding Griffin noted the PGCBL’s “2022 schedule will be released soon with an expected opening during the first week in June.”

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