Jason Griffiths begins his second season as head coach of the Otterbein men's soccer program after being hired on January 3, 2017.
Griffiths, 31, emerged from a pool of over 100 applicants and immediately resurrected the Cardinal program later that fall. He guided Otterbein to a 19-3 record, including a 17-match winning streak to go undefeated in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) to claim both the regular-season and tournament titles. It was the program's first OAC trophy since 2003.
Griffiths earned OAC Coach of the Year honors as a result of his stellar inaugural year at the helm, where the Cards won NCAA first and second-round matches on their home field before dropping a Sweet 16 contest in Chicago. The group finished ranked No. 11 in the national poll and saw senior defender Jaden Lunger attract third team All-American honors.
Griffiths joined Otterbein after three-plus years as a Senior Director of Coaching at Classics Eagles Soccer Club in Columbus, where he managed 30 coaches and teams, implemented year-round training sessions for all age groups, coached “elite teams” at regional/national events and spearheaded travel, presentation and summer camp responsibilities. He also served as an assistant coach for Otterbein from 2013-15, specializing in training and recruiting.
A native of Bracknell, England, Griffiths was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection at the University of Kentucky before being chosen by the New England Revolution with the 48th pick in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He played one professional season before suffering a tough injury and retiring.
In addition to his experience at Classics Eagles, Griffiths briefly served as an assistant at Kentucky before moving to Ohio and beginning local stints with Locker Soccer Academy and Individual Fitness Solutions.
“I believe my vision fits perfectly with the university,” Griffiths explained. “We both want to develop the complete person in the classroom and on the playing field. Every player on the team is important to me and everyone will have a big part. Each player is different in terms of ability and personality, but we are all fighting for the same cause… to win championships.”
Griffiths holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” License along with his NSCAA level two goalkeeping certification. He and his wife, Tara, who served as a graduate assistant for the Otterbein women's program in 2009 and 2010, currently reside in Dublin with their 2-year old son, Blake, and newborn son, Jaxson.