Denny Griffin moved in to the head softball coaching position at Alma College in 1989 after two years as the assistant coach. In his 29-year span as head coach, he has amassed an overall record of 872-319 ranking him as one of the most successful Division III coaches.
He is ranked second in Division III for victories as an active coach. George Wares at Central College of Iowa, a coach of over 30 years, holds the lead at 1,096 victories. Griffin is placed fifth in Division III for victories of all-time. He holds the 15th rank in both the Division III winningest coach of all-time and as an active coach. Griffin ranks at 48th for All Divisions winningest coaches of all-time.
Griffin’s teams have won 13 MIAA championships, making him the highest-ranking MIAA softball coach for conference titles. Among his athletes there have been 74 All-MIAA selections, 12 MVPs and 13 All-Americans (six first team, two second team and five third team). Since the MIAA went to the current tournament format, Alma had made the tournament every single year but one.
2015 marked Alma’s 18th trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first since 2012. Under the direction of Griffin the Scots have advanced to the Nationals six times (1994, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2015). Alma owns an overall NCAA Tournament record of 43-37.
Griffin and the program’s first NCAA appearance occurred in 1994, when Alma went 36-8 overall and 3-2 during the tournament. After missing the tournament in 1996, the Scots reeled off nine consecutive appearances and this was the most prolific time in the program’s history. In that nine-season time span the Scots went 321-76.
Griffin and his wife, Tammy, his son, Sean and his daughter, Erin, reside in Alma, Mich. A native of Midland, Mich. Griffin earned a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education from Hope College in 1981. He also holds a master's degree from Western Michigan University. Griffin is working on his doctorate degree in educational leadership at Central Michigan University and he is a certified and licensed athletic trainer.