Kyle Griffin appointed assistant coach for men’s basketball

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Chief adviser Pat Chambers announced today the addition of Kyle Griffin as assistant coach for the FGCU men’s basketball program. Griffin joins the Eagles after four years at La Salle, including the last two as assistant head coach.

“Kyle is a great addition to our staff,” Chambers said. “He has a great basketball mind and is extremely detail oriented. I was so impressed with his ability to relate and work with our players at La Salle last year.”

In addition to La Salle, Griffin has been a member of staff at Lehigh (2013-16) and Robert Morris (2016-18). He started as an assistant coach at Explorers in 2018-19, before being promoted to associate head coach in 2020-21.

In his two seasons with head coach Andy Toole at Robert Morris, Griffin was a key member of a staff that recruited 10 new student-athletes to RMU ahead of the 2017-18 season. Despite the turnover on the list, Griffin helped develop the Colonials into a challenger in the Northeast Conference, where the team advanced to the NEC Tournament semifinals this year against each other.

Prior to his time in Pittsburgh, Griffin served three years as an assistant coach under Dr. Brett Reed at Lehigh. During his three seasons at Lehigh, he helped guide the Mountain Hawks to the 2016 Patriot League Tournament championship game and was instrumental in the development of Tim Kempton and Kahron Ross, who were named 2015 Patriot League Player of the Year and 2015 Patriot League. Rookie of the year respectively.

Prior to working in the collegiate ranks, Griffin served as director of Team Events for the Hoop Group, which managed high school showcases and AAU events. He assisted with the recruitment and organization of the largest event offered by the Hoop Group at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest. While on the Hoop Group, Griffin was also the Operations Director and Director of the Philly Hoop Group Classic, a Division I tournament that included Pittsburgh, Penn, La Salle, Rider, Robert Morris, and James Madison.

Griffin, who is based in Allentown, Pa., Was a prominent preparation player at Germantown Academy, where he was named Inter-AC Player of the Year and Second Team All-Philadelphia senior. A 6-foot-3 guard, he began his collegiate career at La Salle in 2007-08, where he played in 15 matches before switching to Siena.

Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Management from Siena.

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Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022, bringing a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by head coach residencies at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career wins in that period, including four winning seasons with over 20. Part of his career as head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20, ending with the program’s best ranking ever in 1996 Before becoming head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff assisting the Wildcats for the Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.



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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 90 tournament titles in the regular season and tournaments in just 14+ seasons at Division I level. In addition, in just 10 seasons with DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 44 teams or individuals to compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved a top-25 national ranking in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue posted a division best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 at the national level, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the state of Florida’s top seven teams to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their academic progress in their sport. The FGCU also achieved a combined record of 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the general university undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (autumn 2019 – autumn 2021) were each reached with another milestone, as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also earned a record-breaking 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – and were recognized as one of two runners-up to the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award, which was presented by the Fiesta Bowl.



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