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Men’s Basketball Coach Breaks Record for Career Victories
Men’s Basketball Coach Breaks Record for Career Victories

Head men’s basketball coach Mike Griffin made Rensselaer history in January when his team’s victory over the College of St. Joseph (Vt.) made him the winningest men’s basketball coach in Institute history. Griffin surpassed the record held by the legendary Bill Kalbaugh, who posted 297 wins in a 30-year career from 1953-83, including three with Griffin as his assistant (1970-73).

The win over St. Joseph was the 298th for Griffin, who has been at Rensselaer for 25 years. As of press time, his record stands at 305-300.

“I’ve been fortunate to be coaching here so long with so many great guys,” Griffin told the Albany Times Union. “I’m really happy and appreciate the response I got from my team.”

Griffin, who is also the assistant athletic director at Rensselaer, has taken the Red Hawks to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1990-91, 1995-96) and nine ECAC Tournament berths.

“Mike has set the example for student-athlete development over many years, and he has done a superb job year in and year out,” says Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. “His record of 300-plus wins stands as a testament to his commitment to Rensselaer teams over many years.”

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