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Men's Swimming & Diving

 
Charlie Griffiths
Charlie Griffiths
Title: Head Coach
Organization: CMS
Phone: 909-607-9338
Email: charles.griffiths@cms.claremont.edu
Year: 15th
Overall Record: 95-33, .742
SCIAC Record: 90-9, .909
College: Denison University
Office Location: Mod F-18

Coach Charlie Griffiths is in his 15th season. In 14 years at the helm of the team, Coach Griffiths has established CMS as one of the premier small-college programs in the Western United States.

SCIAC results include 151 SCIAC individual titles, 112 SCIAC records broken, 88 SCIAC meet records set, 86 SCIAC relay titles, 55 SCIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Awards, 21 SCIAC team titles, nine SCIAC Swimmer/Diver-of-the-Year Awards, and 187-11 SCIAC dual meet record. NCAA results include 62 swimmers and divers earning 143 All-American or Honorable Mention All-American citations, 13 NCAA Top 15 team finishes, and five NCAA individual titles. Overall results include 211-58 dual meet record, varsity records set 196 times in 39 events, ASCA Awards for Excellence in 13 seasons. He is ASCA Level V (highest possible rating) certified.

Coach Griffiths came to CMS from Denison University, where he served as assistant coach. During his three-year tenure, the school claimed its first NCAA Division III team title (2001 women), and snagged four additional runner-up trophies between the men's and women's teams. He worked with swimmers who produced 81 All-American performances, 21 national championship swims, 10 NCAA meet records, and 3 NCAA Swimmer-of-the-Year awards.

Prior to entering collegiate coaching, Griffiths was head swim coach and assistant aquatic director at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin YMCA. Under Griffiths the team won its first Wisconsin YMCA State Senior Meet championship. Additionally, the Oshkosh masters swim team he coached produced a bevy of USMS All-American awards, including a USMS national champion and record holder.

As a swimmer at Denison University, Griffiths twice earned the team’s Most Improved Award. He served as team captain his senior year and gathered seven All-SCIAC citations and NCAA cuts in the 100 yard butterfly in 1994 and 1995.


A native of Janesville, Wis., Griffiths got his coaching start as an assistant with his former age group team, the J-Hawk Aquatic Club. He is also a coaching veteran at the Skip Kenney Stanford International Swim Camp and the Ohio State Swim Camp. Griffiths served as Deck Operations Crew Chief for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, CA. He is head coach and director of the US Sports Camps/Nike Swim Camp at Claremont McKenna College.

In addition to his coaching duties, Griffiths is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at CMS. In 2009, Coach Griffiths won the Glen R. Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching at Claremont McKenna College and was the first athletic department member to win the award since its inception in 1974. Griffiths was the chair of the SCIAC swimming coaches committee for nine years and served for five years as the NCAA D-III men’s representative to the board of directors of the College Swimming Coaches Association.

Griffiths, his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Charlotte, reside in Claremont.