|Position:||Assistant Coach (Cross Country)|
Email Coach Griffiths or call 305-284-2062.Damon Griffiths enters his third season as a member of the University of Miami coaching staff. Griffiths coaches the men's and women's middle and long distance runners, as well as the cross country teams for the Hurricanes.
The 2009 season saw the emergence of freshman Janet Price, who participated in the Junior USA Championships in the 800-meter run. The Tampa native also won the 1,000-meter run at the Texas A&M Invite during the indoor season with the second-best time in school history at 2:56.43.
Also during the indoor season, Griffiths coached Patrick O'Donnell to a school record time of 2:27.55 in the 1,000-meter run in College Station, Texas. In the 3,000-meter run, Emma Steppe and Anna Bona both moved into the top-five in the school record books.
Under Griffiths the women's cross country team won the season-opening Greentree Invitational and placed second in the Florida Runners and UCF Invitationals in 2008. The men's squad won the UCF Invitational with senior Ryan Woodlee claiming the individual title.
In 2008, Griffiths assisted in the success of the middle distance runners. UM placed three finalists in 800m final at the ACC Indoor Championship two men (Tim Harris and Patrick O'Donnell) and one female (Ena Leufroy). The men's quartet of Harris, O'Donnell, Cory Nelms, and Richard Bernard broke the indoor school record in the distance medley relay, surpassing a mark set by a team Griffiths was a member of.
Griffiths served as a volunteer assistant coach for cross country and track in 2007. Previously, he also served as volunteer assistant coach at Miami from 1999-2002.
Griffiths spent eight years as the Athletic Director and head cross country/track coach at Bay Point High School. At Bay Point, Griffiths guided the Falcons to six consecutive district track titles, two regional titles and a state runner-up finish in 2005. Griffiths was named Miami Herald High School Boys Track Coach of the Year in 2005.
Griffiths competed for the University of Miami from 1993-1997. He competed in events ranging from the 400-meters to cross-country. During his stay, he was a record holder of indoor: 800m, mile, 4X400 relay, distance medley relay; outdoor: 800m, 4X400 relay, 4X800 relay, sprint medley relay and distance medley relay. Griffiths served as cross-country team captain while earning all-state honors his sophomore and junior years. Griffiths ran the 400 leg on the 1994 Penn Relays Championship sprint relay team, the only one in school history.
Griffiths, who ended his career with five school records, earned his Bachelor of Science in speech communications and sociology from the University of Miami in 1997.