Bio entering 2018 season.
Chassion Griggs enters his second season as a full-time assistant after being elevated from a volunteer assistant coach in March 2017. He previously served as a volunteer assistant coach under Mike Friesen for two seasons.
As an official member of the coaching staff in 2017, Griggs helped the Aztecs win their first Mountain West tournament title since 2014, and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years. Working with the goalkeepers, Griggs mentored a group that posted eight shutouts and allowed one goal or less in 12 of SDSU’s final 15 games. Starting keeper Gabby English blanked a pair of foes in the conference tournament to help lead the Aztecs to the title. She earned MW all-tournament recognition for her efforts.
In his two seasons (2014, 2016) as a volunteer assistant coach, the Aztecs posted a record of 25-12-6 (15-4-3 Mountain West), won an MW regular-season and tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Championship. He tutored four-year letter-winning goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn, who ended up being a three-time all-MW tournament performer and an all-conference second-team goalkeeper her senior campaign.
Griggs, who replaced Juan Pablo Favero after he took Oakland University’s head coaching position, brings with him to Montezuma Mesa six years of collegiate coaching experience from his time spent at Point Loma Nazarene and Cuyamaca College. As an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Sea Lions, he guided the PLNU men’s team to its best finish in eight seasons and coached the goalkeeping unit to the 15th-best goals-against average in the nation. During his time with the women’s team, he helped PLNU to a PacWest title and an NCAA appearance. Griggs also mentored a goalkeeping group that produced the second-best GAA nationally and the conference goalie of the year, who went on to earn NSCAA all-West Region accolades.
Prior to his time at Point Loma Nazarene, Griggs coached for two seasons at Cuyamaca College. During his stint the men’s team in Rancho San Diego, the Coyotes posted back-to-back winning seasons and finished second in their league twice. Griggs also guided Cuyamaca’s goalie to back-to-back conference goalkeeper-of-the-year awards.
Outside of the college ranks, Griggs was the director of goalkeeping and a head coach for the San Diego United club team, and a coach for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club.
Griggs, who has his NSCAA national license and his Level 1 and 2 goalkeeping licenses from the organization, is a 2009 graduate of SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary in Oakland and received his Master’s Degree from Liberty in 2014.