Amy Griffin Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Aug. 29, 2005

SEATTLE - Amy Griffin was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the University of Washington women's soccer team after nine years as an assistant on the staff, Head Coach Lesle Gallimore announced Monday.

'Amy's promotion is really well deserved. She has put in nine years here that have been extraordinary as an assistant coach,' said Gallimore. 'She deserves it, if for no other reason than that's what she actually is in our program is an associate head coach. The quality of her ability speaks for itself so I'm happy for her to have that title and the responsibility that goes along with it.'

Griffin was honored as one of six regional assistant coaches of the year in January by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA). She helped the Huskies post a 17-5-1 record in 2005 and advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

The former Amy Allmann joined the UW staff in 1996 after serving as head coach at New Mexico the previous three seasons.

The Huskies made six NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure and won the Pac-10 championship in 2000.

From 1999-2002, Griffin mentored Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo who was the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Solo is currently playing with the U.S. National Team.

'The way Lesle has treated me, I've felt like I've sort of always been an associate head coach,' Griffin explained. 'This promotion wasn't anything I ever asked for or had on my list of things to do, but it's nice to work for a boss who thinks that it was important to give me this title.'

Griffin was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1987 to 1991, playing on the team that won the first women's World Cup in 1991. She competed four years, collecting 24 caps. In 23 career national team starts Griffin posted a 12-8-3 record with a 0.99 goals against average.

A graduate of Decatur (Wash.) High School and member of the F.C. Royals club program, Griffin played collegiately at the University of Central Florida where she was named the adidas Goalkeeper of the Year in 1987.

Griffin was inducted into the Central Florida Hall of Fame in 1999, the school's second women's soccer honoree. The first was her teammate at UCF and former U.S. National Team standout Michelle Akers.

Washington plays its first 2005 home games this weekend as part of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field. Portland and San Diego State play Friday at 4:30 p.m. followed by a UW-Pacific matchup at 7 p.m. The teams exchange opponents Sunday as Portland and Pacific meet at 11 a.m. while the Huskies clash with Pacific at 1:30 p.m.

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