MHS Coach Griffin posts record win
William Griffin posted win number 111 late this season to become the most-winning girls basketball coach in Middlesex High School history.
Former coach Andrew Hence held the previous record of 109 wins.
In his six years as head coach, Griffin is 111-38, compared to Hence who was 109-59, according to the VHSL coaches association.
The Lady Chargers made the state tournament in 2008 and came within a game of making it again this year.
A factor in the Lady Chargers “up and down” 2008-09 season was lack of athletic conditioning by some members, said Griffin. He added that four members of the 2007-08 team that made it to the state tournament had stats this season that were down from the previous year. “This shows how important the off season is,” said Griffin.
The Lady Chargers finished 18-9 overall, and finished second in the district tournament. “We still had a good season,” he said. “Greatness is coming next year.”
Griffin said he plans to motivate team members to start working toward next season early. “I feel we’ll have that commitment to train in the off-season so we’ll to be physically and mentally ready for next season.”
Eight Lady Chargers from this year’s team can return next season. They include rising seniors Micah Reed and Tanicka Kimble; rising juniors Amanda Brown, Chelsea Lewter, Raquel Pearce, Brianna Brooks and Ashley Williams; and rising sophomore Megan Payne.
“I am confident that with those eight girls who are committed to train in the off-season we can contend for the district, region and state next season.
Griffin said he has been “fortunate to have a good group of young ladies who came up through the Middlesex Youth Basketball League,” said Griffin. “I’m thankful to that program and for my six-year run and looking forward to the seventh season.
“Not only do I have a very athletic team, I also had very good academic team. Eight girls made the All-Academic team and five will come back,” he said.
Griffin said he appreciated all those who helped the basketball program at MHS. “I want to thank each and everyone who helped make the season a success,” said Griffin.
The Lady Chargers will lose six girls to graduation—three-time All-District forward Ashae Burnett, Kiersten Baylor, Katrina Reed, Whiney Walton, Kimberly Ammons and Kristen Andrews.