Georgia State Sports Communications
ATLANTA - Georgia State women's basketball head coach Sharon Baldwin announced Monday the addition of assistant coach Tron Griffin. Griffin served as the head coach at Truett McConnell for the 2016-17 season.
In his one season at TMU, Griffin led the Lady Bears to a 15-16 record just two years removed from the school's 6-22 season in 2014-15. Under Griffin's leadership, Ariana Sanders was named First-Team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference and TMU saw two of their freshman named to the all-freshman team. The Lady Bears ranked 11th in NAIA D-II in field goal percentage, shooting 36%.
"I am so excited about the addition of Tron to the Panther family," Baldwin said. "He has so much experience at different levels and as an assistant, associate and a head coach. His knowledge and enthusiasm for coaching young women and leading them on and off the court will be a great asset to our program."
Griffin made the move to TMU after spending the past four years at NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M University in Texas.
In his time at PVAMU as Associate Head Coach, he helped lead the Lady Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014, where they took on the top national seed both years in Baylor and UConn, respectively.
In those same years, the Lady Panthers were also Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament Champions with players garnering the SWAC Tournament MVP both years. While at PVAMU, Griffin helped lead his team to wins over Memphis, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Nicholls State, and Lamar University as well as a 7-2 record in SWAC Tournament play.
He directly coached Shamiya Brooks, who led the SWAC with 11 double-doubles and four offensive rebounds per game last season - which was also 14th in the nation. She was also second in the SWAC with 9.3 rebounds and 1.93 blocks per game. Despite missing a substantial amount of time due to an injury, fellow post Larissa Scott also battled her way to a solid junior campaign as she finished tied for third amongst SWAC players in reboundng (8.3) and sixth with 30 blocked shots in 2013-14. Griffin also played a key role in development of Jeanette Jackson's success as the SWAC's Player of the Year, scoring and assists leader while also finishing in the SWAC's Top 10 in six statistical categories in 2014-15 campaign. Jeanette Jackson currently plays professionally in Romania for the Phoenix Galati.
Prior to his stint at PVAMU, Griffin was Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman. Where, Griffin assisted in coaching the NCAA leader in steals for the 2011-12 season in Demetria Frank, who currently plays professionally in Puerto Rico for Leonas de Ponce.
Griffin spent 2010-2012 as an assistant coach at the Junior College ranks at Florida State College at Jacksonville with duties overseeing post player development, on-floor coaching, scouting, and recruiting.
Griffin began his coaching career at Union County High School in Lake Butler, Florida, where he led the girls' varsity basketball team to a 21-5 record in 2009 and a Florida state ranking of 7th.
"It is truly a privilege to be a part of Coach Baldwin's staff, and the Georgia State family as we continue to focus and build on the rich tradition of this women's basketball program. This is a special place and a special group of young ladies. Coach Baldwin has a clear vision and my family and I are excited to be a part of it. I am looking forward to many victories and many memories as a Panther," Griffin said.
In college, Griffin was a member of Bethune-Cookman's football team from 2002-06 and also played basketball in the 2003-04 season. He was a part of the 2002 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship football team and went to the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs in 2002 and 2003. While at Bethune-Cookman, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies with a concentration on Business Education.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Griffin and his wife, Sheena, have two children, Kimora, and Kaidyn.