|Title:||2006 Inductee (Football 1953-1957/Baseball 1953-1955)|
Andy Griffin was born in Cameron, Texas on July 19, 1936. He was a successful 3-sport athlete at Burnet High School. He graduated from high school in 1954 lettering in basketball, track, and football.
Upon completion of his high school career, Andy headed to the University of Corpus Christi (UCC). He played basketball for the UCC Tarpons during the 1954-1955 season. Griffin was recruited to play football and would have a non-traditional playing career with a three year military stint between his college career. He played football from 1954-1955 and then served in the United States Marines Corps from 1956 through 1959. After serving his country, Griffin returned and finished off his athletic career playing football two more years, 1959 and 1960 and then graduated in 1961. Griffin married the former Linda L. Wiggins in 1960 and they lived in the ‘Athletic Married Couples Facility’ which were glorified Navy barracks.
A long coaching career for Andy Griffin got off to a quick start coaching track at Clear Creek Junior High School from 1961-1962 before moving on as an assistant football coach at Texas City from 1963-1964. He landed his first head coaching position before his 30th birthday and served as both head football coach and Athletic Director of Hull Daisetta High School from 1965-1968. The dual role of head coach and Athletic Director would be one of his leadership trademarks. White Oak High School was the next coaching stop for Griffin. From 1968-1973, he served as Athletic Director and head football coach leading the school to 4 undefeated seasons in a row – a record that still stands today. Bridge City High School recruited Griffin to lead their football program and he served as Athletic Director as well from 1974-1981. After a short stint at Pasadena High School from 1981-1982, he moved his family to Central Texas. Griffin developed a winner at Georgetown High School from 1982-1985.
Strong friendships and professional ties brought Griffin back to White Oak High School from 1986-1994 where he turned his former program around following 11 losing seasons. The next stop on his long coaching road was one where he would accomplish more off the field than on. Griffin spent three years at First Baptist Academy in Dallas were as Athletic Director he rebuilt the women’s athletic program from the bottom and developed the basketball, track, baseball, and wrestling programs. He was also instrumental in the construction of a new athletic complex. Of course, he led the football team at First Baptist to the playoffs as well. Griffin spent what he thought was the end of his football coaching career as the linebackers coach at South Garland High School from 1997-1998. After leading numerous athletic programs and 38 years of coaching, Griffin was headed for the golf course full time enjoying retirement. After a five year hiatus, Griffin was coaxed back to the sidelines. His final coaching job was at Troup High School from 2002-2005.
Griffin’s coaching achievements include a 243-116-6 record of 41 years. He led his teams to the playoffs during 13 seasons and is listed in the top 20 of all time winningest coach among Texas high school coaches. Griffin served four years on the Board of Directors of the Texas High School Coaches Association. Additionally, he has been recognized for his coaching excellence. He was selected as the 2004 Tom Landry Award recipient by the Texas High School Coaches Association and was elected into the Hall of Honor by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association.
Griffin, known for wearing his Stetson hat, boots, jacket and tie on the sidelines during football games, was ordained a Baptist Deacon at 31. During his coaching career, he was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) instilling strong values and morals in the young men and women he coached.
Andy and Linda have three children, Robert G. (Pam) Griffin of Pineville, LA., J. Alan Griffin (La Donna) Griffin, Longview, TX., and Gina Gail (Carlos) De Hoyos, Kilgore, TX. They have three wonderful grandsons and one granddaughter.
Football 1954-1956 and 1959-1961