|Mike Griffin Named Liberty League Coach of the Year
Rensselaer head men’s basketball coach Mike Griffin has been named the Liberty League Coach of the Year. This marks the fourth Coach of the Year honor for Griffin, who is assisted by Paul Halas, Bob Hummel, and Jeff Hiser.
Griffin, who is in his 26th year as Rensselaer’s head coach, led the Engineers to a 17-7 overall record during the regular season, with an 11-3 conference mark. Rensselaer clinched a share of the Liberty League title, and appeared as the second seed in the league tournament last weekend, ending their season in a loss to Skidmore, 76-69.
Going into the tournament, Rensselaer led the Liberty League in a number of categories, including rebounding (40.1 per game), offensive rebounds (13.5), and blocked shots (4.96). The Engineers are second in the conference in scoring (77.2 points per game), scoring margin (+7.5), three-point shooting percentage (37.1 percent), and three-point shooting percentage defense (31.8 percent).
Individually, sophomore Daniel Martin led the league in blocked shots (1.86 per game), while senior Jeremy Moylan is third (1.42). Senior Jeremy Bull is fifth in free throw percentage (78.6 percent), while junior Matthew Pooley (50.8 percent) and senior Travis Jones (42.1 percent) rank first and third, respectively, in three-point field goal percentage.
In his career at Rensselaer, Griffin has a 339-319 overall record. He was previously named Coach of the Year during the 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1998-99 seasons.
This year marks the seventh time Griffin’s teams have advanced to post-season tournaments, including three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Among the standouts Griffin has coached at Rensselaer are 39 All-League selections, five League Players of the Year, six All-ECAC, four D3hoops.com All-Region, and one All-State selection.
A three-time Marvin H. Anderson award recipient as Rensselaer’s Coach of the Year, Griffin spent one season as the women’s basketball head coach, posting a 14-11 record and leading the team to an appearance in the New York State Tournament.