USA Academy has tapped former Alabama football player, Rudy Griffin as the new defensive line coach.
During his 17 year tenure as a football coach Griffin, has worked 10 years as a college coach and spent seven years coaching in Alabama and Georgia at the High School level.
Griffin, a former University of Alabama D-Tackle Standout himself, was the Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at D1, Idaho State University in Pocatello; Football Quality Control and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator at D1 Washington State University in Pullman; Defensive Line and Strength and Conditioning Coach at NJCAA member, Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas; Defensive Line and Strength/Conditioning coach at NAIA program Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota.
This past season Griffin coached the Defensive Line and was the Head Strength/Conditioning coach for East Central Community College, in Mississippi. In his inaugural season in Decatur, MS the defense posted the best outing in 30 years, producing to two consecutive shut-outs and becoming ranked at the top in the MACJC conference in rush and pass defense. Griffin also cultivated 3 of the top 10 conference leaders in sacks and had both sophomore Defensive Lineman sign D1 scholarships at the end of the year: Alvin Dempsey( Florida Atlantic University) and Ronnie Thomas (Mississippi Valley State University). Ronnie was an All Conference performer as well.
Griffin’s Alabama High School coaching highlights include serving as Defensive Coordinator and District Community Relations Coordinator at Hewitt-Trussville for five years. There he helped guide the 7A Huskies to five straight play-off appearances, including multiple Alabama Class 7A State Quarterfinal appearances in each of the past three seasons. Leading the college relations effort, Griffin helped Hewitt-Trussville produce 15 NCAA Division1 Scholarship Signees during that time and had 18 players named to the Alabama All-State team- more than the total to receive that distinction in the previous 91-year school football history.
Griffin captured the 5A Alabama State Championship Map in 2009 as Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers coach and Head Track and Field coach at Demopolis High School in Demopolis, Alabama. He was also the Defensive Line and Strength/ Conditioning Coach at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Ga.;
College Football Playing Career:
A native of Hepzibah, GA, Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in human performance from the University of Alabama. He was a two-year starter at Defensive Tackle for two Bama defenses that were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA for total defense in 2004 and 2005.
Griffin’s playing honors during his time as a member of the Crimson Tide Defense include presiding as Team Captain for the 2006 Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech, receiving the Tide’s Billy Neighbors’ Award for Most Improved D-Lineman, and being selected for the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Honor Roll. Griffin was named SEC Player of the Week when Alabama defeated Mississippi State 17-0 in Starkville on Nov. 5, 2005, after returning an interception 17 yards for a touchdown.
Prior to playing for Bama, Griffin was a two-year starter for The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Griffin is the devoted husband of his wife Kimiko, who hails from Los Angeles, California. They are both active members of Church of the Highlands, and believe coaching young people is their ministry. Together they raise their four children; Kimari, Kai, Genesis, and Amelie.