IMG Academy Names Brian Griffin as Director of Football
On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, IMG Academy announced that Brian Griffin has been named Director of Football. In his role, Griffin will oversee all aspects of the IMG Academy football program for boarding school, camps, professional player training, and events.
“It’s exciting to return to IMG Academy and have the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence of the football program,” said Griffin. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this culture where all the student-athletes, not just the football players, are pushing and inspiring one another to be their best and taking advantage of resources that would rival any college or professional program.”
Griffin comes to IMG Academy from St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. where he served as Athletic Director since 2014. During his tenure, the Cadets football team notched an overall record of 47-20, annually competing against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The team won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship in 2017, and finished as runner-up twice (2016, 2019). Prior to St. John’s, Griffin was a vice president at IMG Academy from 2010-13 and was also a senior director of performance for Under Armour from 2007-10.
“We are excited to welcome Brian back to IMG, and look forward to the future with him guiding the football program,” remarked IMG Academy Athletic Director Scott Dean. “He has incredible knowledge of the sports industry and the game of football at every level, and will no doubt continue the program’s positive momentum.”
Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at Penn University in 1991. At Penn, he was a linebacker for the Quakers football program, a two-time defensive captain and recipient of the Edgar Church Memorial Award, presented to the student-athlete who made the most outstanding contribution to the team based on inspiration, courage and loyalty displayed toward the university and athletics program. He would go on to earn his master’s degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University, and is a certified performance training coach.
Varsity Football launched at IMG Academy in 2013, and has emerged as a perennial national power, finishing in the national top-10 of the MaxPreps Xcellent25 and USA TODAY Super 25 rankings each of the past five seasons. In its history, 49 IMG players have been named as All-Americans, and over the past six signing classes, nearly 140 IMG student-athletes have committed and moved on to NCAA Bowl Subdivision programs.