Darrice Griffin was named Assistant Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Programs in July 2010. She oversees a number of Columbia's intercollegiate sports programs for Columbia University, is the University's liaison to Barnard College and is also responsible for gender and diversity initiativese within the athletics program.
Prior to becoming Assistant Athletics Director, Griffin served as the Director of Basketball Operations and Special Projectsfor the Columbia Unviersity women's basketball team in 2009-10. She was responsible for budgeting, travel and scheduling with the team, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations within the program.
Griffin also provided instrumental leadership and direction on a number of important projects, including Columbia’s participation in NCAA Athletics Certification, as well as other projects related to gender equity and diversity.
Before coming to Columbia, Griffin put together a decorated playing career in the state of Texas. The Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior in Texas in 2004, Griffin played two seasons at Texas Tech before injuries cut short a promising playing career.
As a freshman, Griffin played in all 32 games and was an integral part of a team that finished the season with a 24-8 record and ranked No. 12 in the nation by the Associated Press. Griffin was named Co-Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the week of January 31, and helped the Red Raiders advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament before falling to perennial power Tennessee.
After sitting out the first seven games of her sophomore season, Griffin returned to play in 21 games, and saved her best play for the postseason. The 6-1 forward scored a career-high 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and tied a career high with four steals against Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals. A standout student, she was also named to the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 first team. Following her sophomore year, Griffin was forced to retire from playing collegiate basketball due to a knee injury.
Over the course of her high school career at Seagraves High, Griffin averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists, and was named Texas District 3-2A Most Valuable Player three times. As a senior, she was selected first team all-state and was a teammate of current WNBA player Candace Parker on the McDonald's All-American West region squad.
Griffin comes from an elite basketball family, as her mother, Tami Wilson, played at Texas Tech from 1990-92 alongside basketball great Sheryl Swoopes. Griffin's sister, Teddy, also played at Texas Tech from 2005-08.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Cum Laude in Honors Studies from Texas Tech University, Griffin began graduate work at the school in Interdisciplinary Studies with the Focus Areas of Higher Education, Counselor Education, and Exercise and Sport Sciences.