Former SEC and USA Track & Field standout Rohsaan Griffin joined the Tennessee staff as a volunteer assistant in 2011 to work with the Big Orange men's and women's sprint groups. A year later, he found himself in the position of full-time assistant coach, in charge of the UT men's sprints and hurdles corps and relay units.
In his first season in the full-time role, Griffin guided the Vols 4x100-meter relay team of Reggie Juin, Jamol James, Jarael Nelvis and Arnez Hardnick to a seventh-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After posting a season-best mark of 39.25 seconds to place third in the qualifying heats, the quartet crossed the line in 40.21 to earn team points in the championship race. The unit earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors for their performance. In addition, the four individuals were named the Vols' Outdoor Most Valuable Track Athletes of the campaign. James went on to qualify for Trinidad & Tobago's 2012 Olympic 4x100mR team in London.
A 1996 graduate of LSU, and the victor in the 200 meters that season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Griffin enjoyed a very successful professional career in track & field. He was the 1997 and 1999 USA Indoor 200m champion and posted finishes of fourth and sixth at the World Indoor Championships those seasons. At the 1999 USA meet, he ran a time of 20.32 that was then an American indoor record.
An eight-time All-American and SEC champion as a collegian, Griffin was the winner of the SEC Indoor and Outdoor 200m titles in 1996 and won indoors as well in 1995. He also competed in the hurdles earlier in his track career, which took him from La Marque [Texas] High School (`92), to San Jacinto Junior College (`94) to LSU (`96).
Griffin previously served full-time coaching stints at East Tennessee State and Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn., before filling the volunteer post with Tennessee. He also is a four-year veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP).
WCAP is designed to give elite soldier-athletes an opportunity to compete in the Olympics, world and national championships in numerous sports. The program provides soldier-athletes as goodwill ambassadors for sporting events throughout the world and it helps the Army with recruiting and retention, according to Paulette Freese, WCAP manager of the Army Community and Family Support Center.
Athletes in the program, however, live by the motto "Soldiers First." For embodying that spirit, Griffin received three Army Achievement Medals and an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service during operations in the Battle of Najaf.
- Led the Vols' 4x100mR unit to a seventh-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors.
- Was a volunteer coach at UT in 2011 and had previous coaching stints at East Tennessee State and Milligan.
- Was the 1997 and 1999 USA Indoor 200-meter dash champion.
- Set American indoor record in the 200 meters at the 1999 USA Indoor Championships.
- Eight-time All-American and SEC champion as a college sprinter at LSU.
- Swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor 200m dash crowns in 1996 and also won indoors in 1995.
- Four-year veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP).