Jemal Griffin, the former Director of Football Operations at the University of Maryland enters his second year as Chief of Staff of the Vanderbilt football program.
Griffin joined Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin from the University of Maryland. Griffin served as operations director of the Terrapins' football team
when Franklin held the titles of assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
Griffin worked five years at Maryland. including the last three as operations
director. He was responsible for the daily management of the Maryland football program, including team travel,
budget management, team housing, fundraising and special events.
Griffin also served as Maryland's assistant recruiting coordinator in
2006-07. During those two years, the Terps landed nine prep All-Americans and 31 others ranked among the top 100 nationally at their positions.
Prior to arriving at Maryland, Griffin spent seven years on the staff at Woodlawn H.S. in Baltimore. He started as a defensive coach in 1999, then was promoted in 2000 to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Griffin coached two prep All-Americans, as well as many all-state and all-metro players at Woodlawn. The school earned two county 3A-4A titles and two Maryland 4A North championships during his tenure.
A native of Baltimore, Griffin earned his degree in management science from Coppin State. He was a four-year starter on the Eagles' baseball team, and named to the MEAC All-Tournament team as a senior.
Griffin and his wife, Carla, are the parents of two boys, Brandon and Joshua, and a daughter, Billie Grace.