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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central basketball coach Joe Pat Lee says that Nathan Griffin knew more about the sport than any other student-athlete in the Cougar program last winter.
But Griffin didn’t score a single point for the maroon and gray on the court. Instead, he served as what basically was the role of volunteer assistant coach/manager for the Cougars. The service and dedication paid off this spring when Griffin received a financial aide package to become a basketball manager at Georgetown College under long-tome head coach ‘Happy’ Osborne.
“It’s tough having the smartest basketball IQ be keeping stats for you,” Lee said when Griffin made it official to attend Georgetown starting in the fall during a ceremony in the school library. “He knows more about basketball than anyone in our program. Georgetown is getting a great kid and very dedicated to what he does.”
Griffin was cut when he tried out for the Bullitt Central basketball team as a freshman. Instead of sulking or moving on to something else, he came back to Lee and asked what he could do within the program. The coach needed a manager and the job was his. Griffin never left.
“I just really like the game of basketball,” Griffin said when the news was made official that it would be Georgetown. “I’m interested in coaching. I hope to manage and then be a graduate assistant and open up options for me.
“I know it is not the most glamorous job,” The 17-year old son of Vickie Griffin and James Griffin pointed out of being a manager. “But, some good things can come out of it.”
The right attitude for the job is already in place. When asked what duties he would like to handle as a manager, the answer was simple.
“I’ll do what needs to be done,” he said quickly. “I’ll just make sure that things get done.
“With a college team there is varsity and junior-varsity and I’ll have plenty to do,” Griffin added. “Then I’ll have college work. I’m ready for it.”
Georgetown was a school that Griffin was looking to attend before the talk of being a manager arose. He had been to the school a number of times with Bullitt Central teams that had attended summer camps on campus.
During the season, Griffin had emailed the Georgetown coaching staff about the possibility of becoming a manager. There was some back-and-forth, but there was no financial aide offer until early May. That sealed the deal right there.
“Georgetown was at the top of my list from the start,” Griffin pointed out. “Georgetown was the school I wanted to go to. I had been thee for team camps and I like coach Osborne and being in a winning program.”
Griffin is a life-long resident of Bullitt County. He has an older sister, Bethany Faith, who also graduated from Bullitt Central and is now teaching at Bullitt East.
While Griffin never made the basketball team at Bullitt Central, he did participate with the Cougar tennis program for a number of years.
At Georgetown, Griffin plans to major in history. That could lead into an opportunity to coach at the high school level.
“It just depends on how things work out at Georgetown,” the 17-year old said. “I could see myself coming back for a high school. I really like high school ball. Or maybe something in college will work out.”
“If you want to coach, managing is a good way to do that in college,” Lee explained. “As a freshman he was a manager. The last couple of years he was more a student assistant. The last four years he has taken a load off of me and what I had to do.”