#First44 Day 13: Assistant Coach Tron Griffin
Mitchell Adds Experienced Recruiter, Post Coach
Mitchell was named head coach of the North Texas women's basketball team on April 9, 2015. Between moving back to Denton, getting to know the team and beginning to operate the Mean Green program, Mitchell will be very busy early on in her tenure. We want to give fans an in-depth look at her #First44 days on the job in the form of a 44-part series that will run from April 10-May 23.
Tron Griffin will begin his first season as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball program. He will work as recruiting coordinator and post coach for the Mean Green.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of the brand-new staff and just helping this program get back to its winning ways," Griffin said. "I really appreciated how humbling it was to have Jalie explain her vision for the future of the North Texas program. After having the initial conversations with Jalie, then coming on campus and speaking with Rick [Villarreal], I was so grateful how welcoming everyone was."
Griffin continued, "I would like to say North Texas is the gold mine of Texas as a whole; I think it's the best-kept secret in Texas. It's definitely going to be an exciting road ahead."
Griffin had been with Prairie View A&M for the past three seasons, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis in post player development, floor coaching and opponent scouting. He was also primary recruiting coordinator for the 2014-15 season.
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. In addition, Griffin coached Jeanette Jackson for three years; she earned 2015 SWAC Player of the Year honors and became PVAMU's all-time leading scorer.
With the Panthers, Griffin helped guide the team to two SWAC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. PVAMU compiled a 32-23 SWAC record and added a 7-1 mark in Tournament games during his tenure.
"Tron is an impressive individual and you realize that as soon as you meet him. He's extremely confident, hard working and he carries himself very well," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "We crossed paths many times on the recruiting trail and he has always been focused, attentive and knowledgeable. I'm thrilled to have him join me on this journey."
Mitchell continued, "He's great at building relationships, which is a big help in recruiting. He has also played and coached the post position, which is something I desired, as a lot of staffs don't have this in place. It's imperative that we not only recruit talent, but also develop it, and Tron brings both to the table."
During the 2011-12 season, Griffin was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman, where his duties included day-to-day operations, post player development, travel, academics, opponent scouting and oversight of team managers.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Griffin attended Bethune-Cookman University and was a four-year letterman in football and one-year letterman in basketball. He was a member of the 2002 MEAC Championship football team. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman with a bachelor's degree in educational studies: business education. Griffin is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
After graduating from Bethune-Cookman in 2006, Griffin returned to Mandarin High School in Jacksonville and coached football, boy's basketball and girl's weightlifting. He was head coach of the Union County High School girl's basketball team that went on to win a district championship in 2009 and was ranked as high as No. 7 in the state of Florida.
His parents are Eddie and Linda Griffin and he has three siblings: Pansy, Chuck and Terry. His daughter, Kimora, is six years old.