Dr. Lynn Griffin has served as Coker's Director of Athletics since 2010 and in 2012 was promoted to Vice President of Athletics and Facilities. During her time at Coker, the Cobras have grown and succeeded in several areas of athletics. She has been a driving force behind the addition of eight new sports: men's lacrosse (2011-12), men's volleyball (2012-13), wrestling (2013-14), women's lacrosse (2013-14), men's and women's track and field (2014-15) and men's and women's indoor track & field (2015-16). Under her leadership, Coker made the transition to a new conference, the South Atlantic Conference in July 2013.
In 2014-15, the Cobras had another great year. The Coker men's lacrosse team captured the program's first-ever South Atlantic Conference regular season championship. Coker also had its second wrestler advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship, Travis Laxton and the Cobra men's and women's track & field teams competed in their inaugural campaign.
The 2013-14 season the Cobras was a historic year for Coker athletics as the Cobras joined the South Atlantic Conference and welcomed two new sports to campus, wrestling and women's lacrosse. In its inaugural campaign, the Coker wrestling team acheived national recognition and success as Charlie Huff placed fourth at the NCAA Midwest Super Regional and earned a spot at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
In 2012-13 the Cobras captured regular season conference championships in men's soccer and men's tennis. The baseball team won the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the NCAA Southeast Regional and advanced to the NCAA DII National Championship. It was the first time in school history that baseball had advanced to the NCAA postseason.
Griffin also helped bring Coker's newest athletic facility, the Harris E. and Louis H. DeLoach Center to life. The new 71,000 square-foot athletics facility that opened in June 2014. Designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, the facility will have a main gymnasium with seating capacity of 1,908 and a wide-range of features including practice gym, classroom space, state-of-the-art training rooms, offices, a conference room and a cafe.
In addition to Coker's success in 2013, Griffin was inducted into the Tarleton State Athletic Hall of Fame in June of 2013. She was inducted along with the entire 1991-92 women's basketball team. She served as an assistant coach for the TexAnns for two years while completing her master’s degree. During her second season under head coach Jan Lowrey, Tarleton State reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament, finishing second to Northern State College of South Dakota. Boasting four All-Americans that year, the TexAnns compiled a 30-8 overall record with an 8-0 mark in District VIII play. They finished the season ranked second overall in Division II.
In 2011-12, the Cobras won Conference Carolina's championships in men's soccer and men's golf. The Cobras hosted their first ever NCAA regional in men's soccer in 2011.
In 2010, Griffin received the Indiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Pathfinder Award. Given to just one female member of Indiana AHPERD each year, the Pathfinder Award was established to honor members of Indiana AHPERD who have and/or continue to advocate, recruit and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership. In addition, she was awarded the Indiana Pathfinder award by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.
Griffin came to Coker after spending seven years at the University of Indianapolis as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics where she oversaw 12 of the institutions 21 athletics programs. In 2008, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) named her NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year.
Griffin is a member of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee, the NCAA Division II Management Council and has also served on two NCAA championship committees (women’s basketball and swimming and diving). She is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and NACWAA. Griffin serves as an instructor in Coker's Masters of Science in College Athletic Administration program.
Prior to her time at the University of Indianapolis, Griffin was the Associate Director of Athletics, Compliance Coordinator, Senior Woman Administrator, Head Women's Basketball Coach, and Sport Studies Instructor at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. Before St. Andrews, Griffin was the head women’s basketball coach and physical education instructor at the University of South Dakota. Prior to USD, she was an assistant woman’s basketball coach and Physical Education instructor at UNC-Asheville. She began her career at Tarleton State University where she was the assistant women's basketball coach. While at Tarleton, the women’s basketball team advanced to the NAIA National Championship game in Salem, OR.
Griffin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she was a two-sport athlete, women’s basketball and softball. At Tarleton she earned a master's degree in exercise and sports studies. She earned her doctorate in education in sport management from Northcentral University in 2011.