Matthew Jude Griffin (born May 9, 1968) is an American professional football coach and former collegiate player. He served as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) from 2003 to 2006, and Murray State University from 2007 to 2009, compiling a career college football record of 21 wins and 58 losses.
|Born||May 9, 1968|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1992||Plymouth State (QB)|
|1993||Plymouth State (OC/QB)|
|1997–1998||UT Martin (OC/QB/WR)|
|2010||Jacksonville Jaguars (OA)|
|2011||Jacksonville Jaguars (OQC)|
|2012||Omaha Nighthawks (OC/QB)|
|Head coaching record|
Griffin began his coaching career from 1992 to 1993 at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. From there he joined the University of Richmond in 1994, and then was at Northeastern University from 1995 to 1996. With the Huskies he oversaw the quarterbacks and the offensive backfield. From 1997 to 1998, Griffin served as offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he also coached the Skyhawks quarterbacks and wide receivers. In 1999, he joined the University of Maine, working with the tight ends during his first year. Griffin coached the Black Bears offensive line for the next three seasons, assuming additional duties as recruiting coordinator in 2002.
Griffin was named head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin on December 10, 2002. The Skyhawks had not won a conference game in six years prior to his arrival. Under Griffin, the team improved to 4–4 in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) play and a 6–5 overall record by his third season in 2005. This was the first winning season for the Skyhawks since 1993. Griffin was subsequently honored by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as Tennessee's College Football Coach of the Year.
Griffin was named head football coach at Murray State University on December 12, 2005. In his first season, the Racers went 1–10 overall and 0–8 in OVC play. In 2007, the team minimally improved to 2–9 overall and 1–7 in conference play. Griffin's third season was his best, leading the Racers to a 5–7 overall record and a 4–4 mark in conference. In his fourth season, the Racers slipped back to 3–8 overall and 2–6 in OVC play. Following four straight losing seasons and an overall record of 11–34, Griffin was fired on November 16, 2009.
In 2011, Griffin was offensive quality control coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. The following year, he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Griffin returned to the college level in 2013 as director of player personnel at Georgia Tech. Griffin was fired from Georgia Tech in May of 2014 after he was accused of abusing his expense account.
Head coaching record
|UT Martin Skyhawks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2003–2005)|
|Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (2006–2009)|
- Associated Press (December 11, 2002). "Tennessee-Martin picks Griffin as its new football coach". The Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Tennessee-Martin Yearly Totals". CFBDataWarehouse.com. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Griffin named Tennessee's College Football Coach of the Year". GoRacers.com. Murray State University. December 30, 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Associated Press (December 13, 2005). "Murray State hires new head football coach". Kentucky New Era. Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Matt Griffin", Murray State Football 2009 Media Guide, Murray State University, pp. 56–57, 2009
- "Ward Announces Change to Football Staff". Murray State Athletics. November 16, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- "Matt Griffin". Georgia Tech Athletics. 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech Sports blog. "Former Tech player hired to personnel staff". ajc. Retrieved 2019-07-12.