WATCH LISTEN

News

Mohawks' Griffin to Return in 2013

The Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have announced that 2012 PGCBL Coach of the Year Keith Griffin will return to skipper the team in 2013. The announcement of Griffin’s return was made in the Amsterdam Recorder and on the team web site.

The 2013 season will be Griffin’s fifth as the head coach of the Mohawks. Through four years, Griffin has amassed a 122-56 (.685) record, four playoff appearances, three regular season championships and three league titles. Amsterdam has won at least 27 games in each of the last four seasons and has played for the league championship four times. During that span, the Mohawks won at least 30 games three times. Griffin is the winningest manager in the over 30-year history of the Mohawks franchise. In addition, He is the winningest manager in PGCBL history. In two PGCBL seasons, Griffin has posted a 65-29 (.691) mark.

“The reason we send our guys to Amsterdam – the number one reason – is because of Keith Griffin” Auburn University pitching coach Scott Foxhall told the Amsterdam Recorder in June. “I’ve known Griff for many years and he’s great with our pitchers and position players, and we always feel like if we can get some of our younger guys up here for a summer with Keith, they’ll come back to us better than they were.”

Last summer, Griffin guided the Mohawks to a 2012 PGCBL championship and a number three national ranking in the PG Crosschecker Summer Top 30. Amsterdam completed the regular season with a remarkable 35-12 (.745) record and finished eight games ahead of second-place Glens Falls. The Mohawks captured the league championship with four-straight wins in the PGCBL postseason. Amsterdam defeated rivals Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls to win its first PGCBL crown. Seven Mohawks were named to the All-PGCBL team and five of those seven were selected All-PGCBL first team. Mohawks starting pitcher Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) garnered the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year prize and he was named to Perfect Game’s Summer All-America team. In addition, Shepherd was chosen as the PGCBL’s Top Prospect by Baseball America. Another Amsterdam hurler, Rocky McCord (Auburn), was tapped by Perfect Game USA as the PGCBL’s Top Prospect.

Griffin’s third season leading the Mohawks in 2011 marked the first year for the team in the PGCBL. Amsterdam was one of just two league clubs to accumulate at least 30 wins during the regular season. The Tribe compiled a 30-17 (.638) record but finished a half-game behind first-place Glens Falls. Amsterdam, led by seven All-PGCBL selections, swept Glens Falls in the divisional playoffs and then participated in the very first PGCBL Championship Series against the Newark Pilots. Six Mohawks were honored on the all-league first team. Starting pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) topped the PGCBL in strikeouts (74) while infielder Zach Shank (Marist) led the league in runs scored (36). 

The Mohawks won back-to-back league championships in 2009 and 2010, Griffin’s first two seasons as head coach. Amsterdam did not lose a single playoff game and earned 12-straight postseason victories in the New York Collegiate Baseball League playoffs. Griffin mentored 2009 NYCBL Player of the Year Braden Kapteyn and 2010 NYCBL Pitcher of the Year Kyle Hunter.

Before arriving in the Carpet City, Griffin spent around 30 years coaching baseball at the high school and college level. Two years after graduating from Livingston University (now West Alabama), Griffin took his first head coaching job at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Fla. The Guntersville, Ala., native spent 10 seasons at Pine Forest and won 217 games. He then transitioned from the prep game to college baseball in 1991 as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University. Following a two-year stint with the Dolphins, Griffin was hired on as an assistant coach at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. The Raiders won 158 games in Griffin’s four seasons (1993-1996) as an assistant coach and sent over 40 players to four-year schools.

The Amsterdam skipper took his first collegiate head coaching job at Jefferson Davis (Ala.) Comm. College in 1996. Griffin, in just his second season as a college head coach, guided the Warhawks to the 1998 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national championship. Between 1997 and 2002, Jefferson Davis went 251-94 (.728), made two NJCAA Division II World Series appearances, won two Alabama state championships and five conference championships. Griffin was the Alabama Community College Conference’s Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000 and a five-time ACCC South Division Coach of the Year.

Griffin returned to Okaloosa-Walton as the head coach for the 2003 season. He guided the Raiders for six seasons and won 192 games. Okaloosa-Walton posted 41 victories in his first year as head coach and went on to win at least 30 games four times. The Raiders never compiled a losing record under Griffin. Over 100 former Raiders signed with four-year schools, 36 inked professional contracts and nine went on to play in Major League Baseball.



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
0

Browse by Month »

September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
November 2010