Dave Griffore is in his third year as Head Women's Swimming Coach/Aquatics Coordinator and first as Associate Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry College. Griffore's adminstrative duties include fundraising, recruiting and serving as a liasion between athletics and admissions. Prior to working in athletics, Griffore was a Councelor in the E&H Admissions Office.
During the 2013-14 year, Emory & Henry achieved its first-ever national ranking from the CSCAA, reaching as high as seventh in NCAA Division III after the 2014 ODAC Championships. The Wasps posted a 10-0 dual meet record, going 5-0 against ODAC schools. Eight of the team's 13 swimmers were named to the All-ODAC teams while Allison Fowler and Michaela Nolte were honored as ODAC Swimmer and Rookie of the Year, respectively.
At the conference championship meet in February, the Wasps finished second behind six event wins and seven second-place finishes. For the season, E&H set seven ODAC records and had swimmers earn three Division III "B" Cuts. The team was also named CSCAA Scholar All-America in both semesters, boasting the second-highest GPA in Division III and the fourth -highest in all of college swimming, male or female.
In his first year on the deck, Griffore led the Wasps to a fourth-place finish at the ODAC Championship meet. The squad of just seven recorded a 9-1 record in dual meets with a 5-1 mark against ODAC opponents, with five earning all-conference honors.
At the 2013 ODAC Championships Payton Shirey won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, posting an ODAC record :23.98 in the 50-free, while Lauren Frizzell finished first in the 1650-yard freestyle. The pair represent the first league champions of any type for E&H since 2003 and the first individual champions since 1991.
During the 2011-12 season, Griffore was tasked with recruiting a top-notch class of student-athletes to E&H and making improvements to the King Center Aquatics Facility.
Griffore has 10 years of Division I coaching experience, and 15 years of experience in aquatics facility management. He coached 34 Olympic Trials qualifiers from three different countries between 2000-10.
Griffore spent one season as Assistant Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Griffore helped lead that squad to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and trained 11 swimmers who qualified for NCAA nationals.
He was the Head Swimming & Diving Coach for both men and women at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2006-2008 with a combined overall record of 24-14. He led the women's team to its best finish ever at the Horizon League Championships. Griffore recruited and coached the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, led the team to new school and conference records in several events, and coached one swimmer to the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Griffore also spent six seasons as the Associate Head Swimming Coach for men and women at Eastern Michigan University. The men's program won five consecutive Mid-America Conference Championships with a 43-8 record. The women won their first ever MAC Championship and achieved the highest GPA for all Division I swimming programs, all while posting a 32-19 mark in dual meets.
Griffore was a three-time high school All-American swimmer in Minnesota and was state champion in the 50-yard freestyle. He swam at University of New Mexico where he was a seven-time Western Athletic Conference champion, setting three school records in the process.
Griffore also holds a Master's Degree in human resources and organizational development, which he earned from Eastern Michigan in 2005. He and his wife, Kazi, currently reside in Damascus, Va., with their daughter Zoe and two labrador retrievers.