DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head women’s lacrosse coach Kerstin Kimel announced Tuesday the addition of Brooke Griffin to the Blue Devil staff as an assistant coach. A member of the U.S. national team, Griffin comes to Durham from Towson, where she spent the 2018 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach during the Tigers’ run to the NCAA second round.
“I am excited to announce the addition of Brooke Griffin to our coaching staff,” Kimel said. “In our search, we were looking for someone who possessed very specific qualities and experience. Brooke checked every box and then some. First and foremost, she has quality experience coaching the offensive side of the ball, with success, at the highest level collegiately. Additionally, she has an excellent reputation as a teacher who has a keen appreciation and love for skill and player development. Finally, Brooke is still playing and competing at the highest level as a member of the U.S. team and the Baltimore Brave, where her experience will no doubt have a positive impact on our current student-athletes.
Brooke’s personal experiences as a student-athlete, leader and coach align perfectly with our program’s core values, making her an excellent fit for Duke lacrosse, Duke athletics and the greater Duke community.”
A native of Annapolis, Md., Griffin completed an outstanding collegiate career at Maryland in 2015. She twice earned first team All-America laurels from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and was the Big Ten Attack Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Award nominee as a senior. Griffin led the Terrapins to back-to-back national titles, serving as a team captain on the 2014 and 2015 championship squads. She graduated ranked fifth in program history in career goals (197) and tied for sixth in career points (279).
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Duke family,” Griffin said. “Everyone has welcomed me with open arms. I am looking forward to working alongside and learning from the amazing Duke women’s lacrosse staff – Kerstin, Bria [Irizarry] and Morgan [Heisman]. I’m thrilled to work with the student-athletes and bring my passion for the game.”
Griffin has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2015, helping Team USA capture its third consecutive World Cup title last summer in Guildford, England.
This summer, Griffin has taken the field as a member of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League’s Baltimore Brave.
Griffin began her coaching career at Boston College, where she was an assistant coach with the Eagles for the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. With her guidance, Boston College made trips to the NCAA Tournament both seasons, including a historic run to the championship contest in 2017.
Following her time in Newton, Griffin served as a volunteer assistant coach at Towson in 2018. This spring she saw the Tigers match the program record for wins in a season (16) and round out the year at No. 9 in the final IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Griffin earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Maryland.