10/03/2018 10:41 AM
Keith Griffin will return to the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2019 for an 11th season as the team’s head coach, the Mohawks announced Monday night.
Griffin is the franchise’s all-time wins leader, having led the Mohawks to a 366-149 record between the regular season and playoffs since taking over as head coach in 2009. He’s led the Mohawks to league championships in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and his teams have reached the league finals in eight of his 10 seasons.
In 2018, Griffin led the Mohawks to a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League East Division championship and a berth in the PGCBL Championship Series, where the team fell to the Jamestown Jammers in a best-of-three series. The Mohawks went 29-17 during the regular season, including a nine-game winning streak late in the year to surge past the Albany Dutchmen and Saugerties Stallions to capture the East Division crown.
A native of Alabama who now resides in Pensacola, Fla., the 63-year-old Griffin has won more than 1,000 games as a head coach in a career that splans nearly 40 years. He served as head coach at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola from 1980 to 1990, and after serving as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks for seven seasons he spent 13 seasons as a junior college head coach at both Jefferson Davis Community College and Okaloosa Walton College. He won an NJCAA Division II national championship at Jefferson Davis in 1998 and coached nine future major leaguers during his time at Okaloosa Walton.
Since coming to the Mohawks, more than 50 of his former Amsterdam players have gone on to professional baseball. Three of them — Toronto Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile, Blue Jays pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. and San Diego Padres pitcher Trey Wingenter — ended the 2018 season on Major League Baseball rosters.