Darrice Griffin has been named by director of athletics Ryan Bamford to the new post of senior associate director of athletics for internal operations/senior woman administrator. Griffin spent the last six years at Columbia University, including the past four as associate athletics director for intercollegiate sports programs.
In her new role, Griffin will oversee several varsity sport internal support units including academic services, equipment, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student-athlete enrichment and facilities and operations. Additionally, she will serve as sport administrator for several varsity sports, assist with intercollegiate scheduling and oversee capital planning and related facility projects. As senior woman administrator, Griffin will represent the athletic department at the league and national level as well. She will officially begin her duties on July 6.
“I am very excited to announce the appointment of Darrice Griffin to our senior leadership team at UMass,” said Bamford. “Darrice has quickly earned a reputation in college athletics administration as a relentless worker, skilled communicator and passionate advocate for the many student-athletes, coaches and staff she’s been associated with. Her most recent experience at Columbia gave her exceptional perspective on the important role intercollegiate athletics plays in higher education. As a former student-athlete herself, she sees the tremendous value of athletics participation for young people. UMass Athletics is excited to have Darrice join our team.”
“UMass is a special place and I believe that under the leadership of Chancellor Subbaswamy and Ryan we will fulfill the tremendous potential inherent in the Commonwealth’s flagship campus,” said Griffin. “I know we will be effective and influential advocates, provide first class educational opportunities for our student-athletes and coaches, and grow and safeguard the student experience and our competitive success. I look forward to building meaningful relationships with the talented student-athletes who represent this institution, helping our coaches realize their visions for their teams, and to the rich collaborations with our campus partners."
Griffin spent five of her six years at Columbia as a member of the Ivy League school’s senior administration team. The past four years she served as the associate athletics director for intercollegiate sports programs. In that role, she oversaw a number of Columbia’s sports programs, was the university’s liaison to Barnard College and was responsible for gender and diversity initiatives within the department of athletics.
In particular, Griffin provided oversight for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball at Columbia. She worked alongside the offices of admissions and financial aid while also assisting in fundraising and development initiatives for both the athletic department at-large and her assigned sport programs.
Griffin played a role in several student-athlete initiatives including Columbia’s First-Year Transition Program and the Leaders for Life Program.
Griffin was an active member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault, had a leadership role on the University Bystander Intervention Task Force and played a key role in the University-wide initiative Step-Up.
The native of Seagraves, Texas, originally joined the Lions as director of women’s basketball operations and special projects in August 2009 before moving into the senior leadership position the following summer.
Griffin was a standout basketball student-athlete at Texas Tech graduating in 2007 with cum laude honors in psychology. She was a four-time recipient of the Texas Tech Student-Athlete Merit Award, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, and was named an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar in 2007.
In high school, Griffin was the 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas as a senior. She was also an All-Texas First Team selection and a McDonald’s All-American.