Kennesaw State has announced an interim director of athletics to replace Vaughn Williams. On Friday, KSU president Sam Olens named Matt Griffin to the position.
Griffin has spent the last two years as the Owls’ assistant athletics director for internal operations and the two years prior as director of athletics at Southern Polytechnic State University before the two institutions consolidated. He has been KSU’s director of trustee relations and development since 2015.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Matt’s experience who can step into the interim role and provide solid leadership while we search for Kennesaw State’s new director of athletics,” said Olens.
Griffin is taking the place of Williams who accepted a position at Boston College earlier this week. A national search for Williams’ permanent replacement is currently underway.
“I am grateful to serve as the interim director of athletics at Kennesaw State University,” said Griffin. “I want to thank President Olens for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”
When Griffin was at Southern Poly, the athletics program had great success. The soccer team reached the Elite 8 in 2012, the women’s basketball team made back-to-back national tournament appearances and the baseball team reached the NAIA World Series in 2014.
Griffin played baseball for Southern Poly and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1998 where he played two seasons. He was also the head baseball coach at Southern Poly from 2004-12.