LIMA — Andre Griffin is out as the Lima Senior head football coach, according to a tweet he released today.
“As of November 22, I was informed that I would no longer be the Head Football Coach at Lima Senior High School. I am very proud of the last four years that I was able to lead the Spartans on both on and off the field,” Griffin posted.
In a statement fron John Zell, the Lima Senior athletic director said, “The Lima Senior Athletic Department thanks Coach Andre Griffin for his work and dedication to the Lima Senior football program, but at this time, we have decided to move the program in a different direction.
“Coach Griffin has done a great job helping our student athletes continue their playing careers and education at the college level. We look forward to that continuing as he remains with Lima Senior as a CTAG (Closing the Achievement Gap) and College Access adviser.
“At this time, we will begin the process of finding Lima Senior’s next football coach. We expect to have someone in place by next spring at the latest.”
In his four years as the Spartan head coach, Griffin posted a 15-25 overall mark and 10-20 record in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. In his first season, Lima Senior went 6-4, but then suffered three consecutive losing seasons that include this past season’s 3-7 record and 1-6 effort in the TRAC.
Griffin added in his post, “First I would like to thank my family for allowing me to coach this great game of football that I was born into. My entire family and close friends have been supportive throughout my career and they continue to be to this day. Thank you to all of the assistant coaches that have coached with me and spent so many hours helping to prepare the kids. We did our best to mentor great men and women.
“During my time as Head Coach at Lima, we accomplished a winning season which was only the third (time) since 2001. Our team GPA the last 4 years has been over a 3.0. We have had 25 plus guys get a chance to play on the next level in three years and that doesn’t include the students that just went on to be students, trade or play other sports, and I hope that continues with the 2020 senior class. I am very proud of what we have done the last four seasons. We might not have won enough games, but there are wins all over the field and in life. With that I am happy to say that I will continue my job helping young adults in CTAG. College access and whatever else the next chapter may bring. I’ve always said that I may have an MVP on the field but I will definitely be in an MVP in life.
“Lastly and more importantly, I would like to thank the parents and kids that participated in either playing or being a student manager. To the kids, stay the course and prove everyone wrong. Continue to be the leaders that you were born to be and be GREAT. Remember we E.A.T we never give in, never give up and W.I.N. We are connected for life. Thank you for your continued support, this is just a small bump in the road.
“As always, Go Spartans. Attitude is everything.”