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Mimi Griffin

Class of 2014

  • Griffin is considered to be the first broadcast expert for women’s basketball
  • She served as the “face” for women’s basketball in its early television exposure and laid the foundation and groundwork for women’s basketball on television
  • She was the National Director of Promotion for Women’s Athletics for Converse from 1983-85
  • Griffin was the ESPN primary women’s basketball analyst from 1983-1999 and was the color analyst for the NCAA Women’s Final Four from 1985-1991
  • In 1990, she was the first woman color analyst for a NCAA men’s tournament game on ESPN.
  • In 1991, she became the first woman to broadcast the first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS Sports
  • Griffin was the Championship Director of the US Senior Open in 1992 and 2000, and was the Championship Director of the US Women’s Open in 1995 and 2009
  • She was the Director of Marketing and Championship Administration for the US Open in 1995 and 1998
  • She was the 1994 WBCA Mel Greenberg Media Award winner
  • In 2009, Griffin was named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by Pennsylvania Governor and the Department of Community and Economic Development