Dave Griffore enters his fourth year as director of athletics at Johnson and Wales University-North Miami.
Since arriving at JWU, the Athletic Department has produced 16 All-Americans, seven all-region selections, 37 All-Sun Conference honorees, 34 academic all-conference award winners, five academic all-district members, 11 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and two Academic All-Americans.
Under Griffore, the Wildcats have also produced two Sun Conference Freshmen of the Year (WBB- Tianna Ayulo in 2017-18; WSOC – Savannah Jackson in 2017), one Sun Conference Coach of the Year (AJ Broderick in 2016-17), and one Sun Conference Sports Information Director of the Year (Paul Dodson in 2018-19).
During the 2018-19 campaign, JWU set a new bar for excellence in academics, posting one of the highest cumulative grade point average in the department's history with a 3.11. That year, the Wildcats produced perfect 4.0 GPAs 37 times over the year's three terms, garnered 15 academic all-conference award winners, earned nine NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and produced five 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District I® Team, selected by CoSIDA honorees. That year also saw women's soccer players Audrey Gant (first team) and Savannah Jackson (second team) became the first Wildcats in school history to be named Academic All-Americans.
Prior to coming to JWU, Griffore served as the associate director of athletics and head swim coach at Emory & Henry College. As the Associate AD he was involved with athletic facilities, budgets, compliance, fundraising, coaching personal, and was the direct sports administrator for women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s cross country. He also over saw the strength and conditioning program.
Griffore started the E&H swimming program in the Fall of 2012. The team finished second in the conference three years in a row. Griffore won the ODAC Coach of the Year during the 2014-15 season. The E&H swim team had an overall record of 37-3 in its first four years of existence. Griffore recruited and coached 20 conference champions, 29 all-conference swimmers and had the first ever NCAA National qualifier in 2016.
Griffore has 10 years of Division I coaching experience. He coached 34 Olympic Trials qualifiers from three different countries between 2000-10.
Before E&H Griffore was an assistant men's and women's swimming coach at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Griffore helped lead that squad to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and coached 11 swimmers who qualified for NCAA DI National Championships.
He was the head swimming & diving coach for both men and women at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2006-2008 with a combined overall record of 24-14. He led the women's team to its best finish ever at the Horizon League Championships. Griffore recruited and coached the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, led the team to new school and conference records in several events, and coached one swimmer to the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Griffore also spent six seasons as the associate head swimming coach for men and women at Eastern Michigan University. The men's program won five consecutive Mid-America Conference Championships with a 43-8 record. The women won their first ever MAC Championship and achieved the highest GPA for all Division I swimming programs, all while posting a 32-19 mark in dual meets.
Griffore was a three-time high school All-American swimmer in Minnesota and was state champion in the 50-yard freestyle. He swam at University of New Mexico where he was a seven-time Western Athletic Conference champion, setting three school records in the process.
Griffore holds a Master's Degree in human resources and organizational development, which he earned from Eastern Michigan in 2005.