Lonnie Griffin
Lonnie Griffin
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (989) 837-4799
Email: griffal@northwood.edu
Year: Second Head Coach/Eighth Overall
Previous College: Eastern Michigan (2001)/Central Michigan (2018)

Lonnie Griffin was named head coach of the Northwood University men's basketball program in April of 2020.

He had spent the previous six seasons as an assistant for Jeff Rekeweg.

In a year where Northwood lost four starters from the previous season, Griffin led the Timberwolves to a 6-12 record in the shortened 2020-21 season. Jack Ammerman earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors, while Maurion Scott was named to the GLIAC All-Defensive team.

Griffin has been a key part of the Northwood staff under Rekeweg in all aspects of the program. The team has increased its win total in each of the past five seasons and reached the GLIAC Tournament Finals in 2020.

This is Griffin's second stint at Northwood, as he was an assistant coach at Northwood 2004-05 season.

Griffin has a wealth of coaching experience at the collegiate level. He spent the previous four seasons as the head coach at Delta College. He led the Pioneers to two district semifinals and one district final. Griffin coached Jody Hill to NJCAA All-American honors and A.J. Thomas to the MCCAA Freshman of the Year award.

Griffin also spent time coaching at Central Michigan, Alma College and Grand Valley State. He was a part of the 2005-06 season at GVSU when the Lakers went 27-4 en route to a GLIAC North Division Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. He was a part of the MAC West Championship team in 2009-10 at CMU. 

Griffin is a native of Shepherd and a 2001 graduate of Eastern Michigan.  He earned his Master's degree in Sports Administration from Central Michigan in 2018. He and his wife, Stefanie, have two children: Alivia (Nine) and LJ (Five).