The Pacer coach since 2007 heads back to alma mater

by: VERN UYETAKE - Colin Griffin recently took the head coaching position at Jesuit High School, his alma mater.Colin Griffin wasn't looking to leave Lakeridge anytime soon but his alma mater made him an offer he couldn't pass up.

Griffin was hired by Lakeridge in 2007 and has been the team's head baseball coach since the 2008 season. In his tenure he has revamped facilities, helped build a second field on the school's campus and brought the program back to respectability after a 1-24 season with an entire program of just 22 players.

But, after Jesuit's head baseball coach stepped down after last season, they pursued Griffin, a former Crusader, very heavily.

“I really wasn't looking to go anywhere. I was very happy with Lakeridge and the level of baseball that we've been playing,” Griffin said.

Jesuit was able to offer Griffin a position as head baseball coach and assistant athletic director. He was also told that, at Jesuit, he wouldn't be responsible for fundraising or for maintenance of the school's turf field.

“It was a great chance to really just get back to coaching. I've always been impressed with the way Jesuit plays and how they hold each other accountable,” Griffin said.

It still wasn't an easy decision for Griffin and he took a full month to decide what to do. Eventually, he felt he couldn't pass up on the opportunities that Jesuit afforded him.

Griffin was extremely grateful for his time at Lakeridge and to the players and individuals who have helped him over the years.

“I'm so thankful for all the years of community support. It's been a lot of fun,” Griffin said.

He also said it was difficult to leave the program but knows that it's in good hands.

“I'm proud of how we got the numbers up and of our facilities. We've also had at least two kids each year go on to play college ball,” Griffin said.

Griffin has already taken over coaching Jesuit's summer team.

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