Allen Griffin, 28, enters his first season at Providence. Griffin, a former star guard at Syracuse, spent last season as an assistant coach at St. Francis College in New York City. At St. Francis, Griffin's responsibilities included recruiting, on-court coaching, travel planning, scheduling, game preparation, financial aid and assisting in monitoring academics.
A 2001 graduate of Syracuse, Griffin played 133 games for the Orangemen and is just one of five players who accumulated 400 or more career assists and 200 or more assists in one season. As a senior, he captained the team and averaged 10.8 points per game and 6.5 assists. In 2001, he dished off 220 assists, which ranks sixth all-time at Syracuse for a single-season. For his career, he scored 807 points (6.1 ppg) and registered 409 assists (3.1 apg). His 409 career assists ranks 10th all-time at Syracuse. In four seasons, he helped lead the Orange to a 98-36 mark (.731) and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
After graduating from Syracuse, he worked as a teacher and a girls' basketball coach at Christian Brother's Academy for one year. He also played professionally in Slovenia (2001) and for the Brooklyn Kings (2003) of the USBL.
In 2003, he went back to Syracuse where he served as the administrative assistant for the men's basketball team. Griffin spent two seasons at Syracuse (2004 and 2005) before working at St. Francis.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Griffin attended Robeson High School. At Robeson, he earned high school All-America honors as a junior and senior.
FULL NAME: Allen Griffin
BIRTHDATE: May 24, 1978
HIGH SCHOOL: Robeson High School `97
COLLEGE: Syracuse University `01
Bachelor's Degree - Arts and Sciences
Assistant Coach, Providence College, 2006-Present
Assistant Coach, St. Francis College (N.Y.), 2005-2006
Administrative Assistant, Syracuse, 2003-2005
Head Coach Girls' Team, Christian Brother's Acad., 2003