Katie Griggs is entering her fifth season on the Rockets’ women’s basketball staff and first as UT’s director of operations. Griggs will coordinate or assist in various administrative areas, including budget management, camps, marketing and promotions, on-campus recruiting, tape exchange, UT Women's Basketball Fan Club liason, apparel contact and academics. She will also oversee the graduate assistant manager and graduate assistant video coordinator.
"Although this is a unique situation, I believe it will be a great opportunity for Katie," three-time MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "Katie has done a terrific job as an assistant coach, but wishes to move to the DOBO position to have more family time. That position isn’t allowed to recruit off-campus per NCAA rules, so the time commitment is less. I’m glad that even though she will be changing spots, she will still play a significant part in our program."
As an assistant coach the past four seasons, a quartet of Rocket guards have earned All-MAC honors on seven occasions — Inma Zanoguera (third team in 2012-13), Andola Dortch (first team in 2012-13, second team in 2011-12), Courtney Ingersoll (third team in 2011-12) and Naama Shafir (first team in 2012-13, first team in 2010-11, second team in 2009-10). During her time at Toledo, Griggs has helped the Midnight Blue & Gold amass an impressive 107-31 overall record and a 54-10 mark in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo has won at least 24 games each of the last four years. The Rockets are one of just 14 programs in the country to accomplish such a feat.
"I approached Tricia about transitioning into the DOBO position, as it will allow more time for me to spend with my family," Griggs said. "This was a very difficult decision for me, because I have enjoyed working with our players and every responsibility associated with being an assistant coach. I’m blessed to work in the UT Women’s Basketball program, as I truly enjoy working with Tricia and our current staff. I’m happy I was able to find a position that enables me to spend more time with my family, yet still be an integral part of the program."
Last season, Griggs assisted Toledo to its second MAC regular-season championship in the last three years, as well as secured a berth in the WNIT for a fourth consecutive season.
The Rockets compiled a 29-4 record in 2012-13, the best single-season mark in UT annals, including a 15-1 MAC ledger. Their 29 wins tied for the most in school history and second most in the MAC record books.
Individually, a trio of backcourt performers garnered all-league recognition. Shafir and Dortch were tabbed to the All-MAC first team and Zanoguera to the third team. Shafir also became the first Rocket to garner all-league recognition on four occasions.
In addition, Dortch repeated as MAC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth player in league history to earn the top defensive award on more than one occasion.
In 2011-12, Toledo posted a 24-10 overall record and claimed a share of a third consecutive MAC West Division crown with a 13-3 league ledger. UT also earned its third straight appearance to the WNIT, advancing to the ‘Elite Eight’.
Individually, Dortch became the first Rocket to earn MAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Dortch was also selected all-conference second team, while Ingersoll was tabbed to the third team.
In addition, Ingersoll was the nation’s most accurate three-point shooter in 2011-12, connecting on a sensational 44.2 percent (96-of-217) from beyond the arc and ranked 13th in the country in three-point field goals made (2.8). Ingersoll’s 96 treys tied a MAC single-season record and her 44.2 three-point field-goal percentage stands second best in UT annals.
In 2010-11, Griggs helped mentor the Rockets to a school-record 29 victories and become the first MAC basketball program to capture a national postseason tournament. UT’s historic WNIT run was capped off by an eight-point triumph over USC in the championship game before a school and conference women’s basketball record 7,301 fans.
Toledo also claimed an outright MAC regular-season championship for the first time in a decade with a 14-2 ledger, as well as successfully defending its MAC West Division title.
Individually, Shafir was named a regional finalist for the Coaches’ All-America squad and first-team All-MAC, while Dortch was chosen to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
In 2009-10, Griggs aided UT to its fifth MAC West Division crown in school history, as well as advancing to the league tournament finals for the first time since 2001. The Rockets’ season was given new life after the tourney finals, as they earned their sixth all-time appearance in the WNIT. Toledo defeated Big East foe Pittsburgh in the first round and moved on to the second round for the first time since 1998. The Rockets finished 12-4 in conference action and concluded the season with a 25-9 ledger.
Individually, Shafir earned a spot on the All-MAC second team.
Griggs is a 2002 graduate of Xavier University with a degree in business management. A native of nearby Wauseon, OH, Griggs was recruited by UT’s Cullop, a Musketeers’ assistant coach at the time, and played two seasons (1998-99, 1999-2000) with XU. She appeared in 61 games, averaging 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22.3 minutes per game. Xavier advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons and finished with a combined 50-14 win-loss ledger. As a freshman, Griggs saw action in 31 contests and tallied 5.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals in 22.7 minutes, en route to earning Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team accolades. She scored in double figures on seven occasions in her first season, including three of her final four games. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Griggs knocked down 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 14 points in a career-high 37 minutes against top-ranked Connecticut. A season later, she appeared in 30 games and averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 caroms and 1.9 helpers in 21.8 minutes to help Xavier to its first-ever conference tourney championship.
Following her sophomore year, Griggs had major back surgery and was not able to return to the court as a player. She spent her final two seasons as a student assistant.
"The biggest learning point that impacted me as a student working in the basketball offices at Xavier was the amount of time and dedication it takes to prepare for practices, games and meetings," Griggs said. "As a player, you don’t always realize the effort that goes into building a great program. I was able to see that firsthand those two years, and gained a better understanding of what it takes to be successful."
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Griggs spent time in the business world, working in sales for Adrian Steel Company and Buckhead Beef.