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Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Official...Kim Griffin New Canisius Head Coach

Kim Griffin became the second Head Coach in Golden Griffin softball history today, announced Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher:

“The appointment of Kim Griffin was part of our succession plan and her work with the team has demonstrated that she is the right person to lead our softball program,” Maher said. “Kim worked under Mike Rappl here for seven years as an assistant, and she understands and appreciates the tradition of Canisius softball. She has proven in her time as both an assistant coach and as the program’s interim coach that she is ready to take the next step in her professional career.”

 Kim Griffin released the following statement:

“I am honored and excited to have the chance to take over the Canisius softball program, a program that has produced 800-plus wins, numerous MAAC championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and countless success stories both on and off the field,” Griffin said. “Being able to work with and learn from Mike Rappl for the past seven years has been an invaluable experience. His daily work ethic, knowledge of game and his ability to manage a successful team year in and year out has taught me what it takes to be a Golden Griffin and a champion. I am thankful and appreciative of the support I have received from our entire athletic department, which includes Director of Athletic Bill Maher, Senior Woman’s Administrator Traci Murphy, all of the other head coaches and our support staff. They have all been extremely helpful to me in making this professional transition enjoyable and exciting.”

 Coach Griffin, who had served as an assistant under Mike Rappl, the winningest coach in the MAAC in any sport, since September of 2007, has led the Griffs to a perfect 8-0 record thus far in this fall season. Certainly she has big shoes to fill, but I'm sure she's learned a lot working with Coach Rappl.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Canisius Opens Fall Ball With Sweep

Freshman pitcher Erika Mackie began her Canisius career with a shutout
The Canisius Golden Griffins got the new softball season underway with a pair of fall ball wins over Canadian school Humber College this past Saturday. Of course, it was a big day for the Griff freshmen, and they all had positive debuts. Canisius has two new pitchers this season, and they both tossed shutouts to begin their careers. Madi Weathers won the first game with an eight strikeout performance (in a five inning game), allowing only one hit which was a bunt single. Erika Mackie won game two, another five inning game in which she struck out out five batters while allowing only three hits. Infielder Moriah Harris got off to a powerful start, hitting a home run and triple in game one; good for four RBIs. Veteran Michelle DelPrince hit a pair of triples herself. Jessica Berzins also tripled for the Golden Griffins.

This was the first ever Canisius game, fall or spring, with a coach other than Mike Rappl in charge, as interim head coach Kim Griffin made her debut.