Charlie Griffiths
Charlie Griffiths
Title: Head Coach
Organization: CMS
Phone: 909-607-9338
Email: [email protected]
Year: 17th
Overall Record: 125-28, .817
SCIAC Record: 112-3, .974
College: Denison University
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion - 244

Coach Charlie Griffiths is in his 17th season. In 16 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:
165 SCIAC individual titles
113 SCIAC records broken
91 SCIAC relay titles
90 SCIAC meet records set
59 SCIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Awards
22 SCIAC team titles
11 SCIAC Swimmer/Diver-of-the-Year Awards
202-12 SCIAC dual meet record.

NCAA results include:
64 swimmers and divers earning
153 All-American or Honorable Mention All-American citations
14 NCAA Top 15 team finishes
9 NCAA Top 10 team finishes
2 NCAA Top 5 team finishes
6 NCAA individual titles

Overall results include:
235-65 dual meet record
Varsity records set 203 times in 39 events
ASCA Awards for Excellence in 14 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, 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.

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.

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