Charlie Griffiths
Charlie Griffiths
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 909-607-9338
Year: 18th
Overall Record: 111-37, .750
SCIAC Record: 106-9, .922
College: Denison University
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion 244

Charlie Griffiths is in his 18th season as the Head Coach of the CMS Swimming and Diving program. In 17 years at the helm of the team, Griffiths has established CMS as one of the premier small-college programs in the Western United States.

SCIAC results include:

192 SCIAC individual titles
120 SCIAC records broken
99 SCIAC relay titles
99 SCIAC meet records set
70 SCIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Awards
24 SCIAC team titles
12 SCIAC Swimmer/Diver-of-the-Year Awards
232-14 SCIAC dual meet record.

NCAA results include:

288-75 dual meet record
Varsity records set 216 times
ASCA Awards for Excellence in 15 seasons.

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, Wisconsin, 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 Stanford 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 won the SCIAC’s initial “Men’s Coach of the Year” award in 2015 and was “Women’s Coach of the Year” in 2017.

Griffiths chaired 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. He is ASCA Level V (highest possible rating) certified.

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