Nicole Griffin enters her second season as the Director of Operations for the Youngstown State Women's Basketball program in 2018-19.
Griffin is in charge of coordinating the Penguins' travel logistics and budget, catered meals, on-campus recruiting visits, camps, practice schedules and academics.
In her first season, YSU earned its third postseason tournament berth in four years by playing in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The postseason became a reality as the Penguins won nine of their final 11 regular-season games, including six straight on the road. The strong close to the season saw YSU’s RPI jump 113 spots.
Griffin came to Youngstown in 2016-17 after serving as an assistant coach at Carroll University, a Division III school in Wisconsin, the previous two years.
At Carroll, Giffin was charged with coaching and developing the Pioneers' roster in addition to recruiting new student-athletes and preparing practice and game plans. At the same time, she worked with at-risk students in Milwaukee Public Schools as a paraprofessional. Griffin was also an academic mentor at the University of Oklahoma while she was completing her master's program.
Griffin was a standout on the basketball court as a three-year starter and four-year contributor at Oklahoma. She was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after her junior and senior years and finished her career with 1,088 points, 604 rebounds and 197 blocks. She ranks third in Sooners history in career blocks, and her .674 field-goal percentage as a freshman set a single-season program record.
In high school, she was named the Gatorade Wisconsin State Player of the Year in 2010 and was a Parade All-America Third-Team selection out of Vincent High School in Milwaukee. She was ranked as a top 100 recruit in the country by several recruiting services.
Griffin earned her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma in 2014, majoring in multiple disciplinary studies with a focus on culture in society. She went on to earn a Master of Education degree in adult and higher education: intercollegiate athletics administration from Oklahoma in 2015.