Eddie Griffin announces retirement as UCO athletic director
Eddie Griffin is retiring as athletic director at Central Oklahoma.
His retirement is effective April 30, the school said in an announcement Friday morning.
Griffin has been led the athletic department at the university in Edmond for almost three years. He became the school's eighth athletic director on Oct. 5, 2017, returning to the place he received a master's degree and coached the wrestling team. UCO won national championships in 1979, 1981 and 1982 under his direction.
The wrestling program added a dozen national titles in the years since.
Like he jumpstarted wrestling at UCO, Griffin oversaw great change as the athletic director, too. UCO opened its Sports Performance Center, an addition to Hamilton Field House, an indoor training facility and improvements to the baseball complex, including a new locker room.
"Eddie has brought stability and accomplishment to our athletics program," UCO president Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar said in a statement. "His record of athletic leadership preceded him and will most certainly follow him as he leaves us."
Griffin, who has worked in athletics for 50 years, was the executive director of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame before moving to UCO.
He will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame later this year.
"Broncho sports are stronger for his contribution to our winning history, focus on building character on and off the field and the foundation on which so many victories have been achieved," Neuhold-Ravikumar said. "We are grateful for his service to UCO, and we wish him all the best."
UCO vice president of finance and operations Kevin Freeman said, "Eddie has contributed much to the foundation of success in UCO athletics. We will honor his legacy by continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of our student-athletes."