TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini today announced the hiring of former Wildcat Lisa Griffith as an assistant coach. She will begin work Aug. 15.
“As a student-athlete, Lisa was instrumental to our success,” Bonvicini said. “I’m very pleased to have her return to be a part of our coaching staff. Her experience and knowledge of the game will be a huge asset. She’s very familiar with the Pac-10 and has had excellent success as a coach. I’m proud to have someone who played for me on our bench.”
A four-year starter (1997-2000), Griffith’s name is found throughout the Arizona record books. She holds the career records for three-point field goals made (285) and attempted (747), and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (.382), third in both games played (122) and games started (110), fourth in steals (225) and minutes played (3,627), sixth in minutes per game average (29.7), seventh in assists (455) and 10th in scoring (1,199).
A four-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick, Griffith still holds the Pac-10 records for three-pointers in a career (212) and a season (92) in conference play.
During Griffith’s time at Arizona, the team compiled a 108-39 record and made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the program’s first ever appearance in 1997. The program also earned its first national ranking during Griffith’s sophomore season.
“I’m really excited to be working with Joan,” Griffith said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn from her and to be back as a part of this program. As a player, I took a lot of pride in being a Wildcat and that will continue in this position. This is an amazing opportunity.”
In September 2004, Griffith started F.A.S.T. Basketball, a grass roots youth basketball program for children ages 6-16. In addition, since November 2003, she has served as a national sales representative for Stirling Sports and Entertainment Group, where she is responsible for new business development.
Prior to that, Griffith was employed by International Sports Management, first as an account executive and then as the national sales manager. She achieved $1 million in sales in one year while managing a team of five account executives.
During the 2001-02 school year, Griffith served as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. There she was heavily involved in recruiting, planned the program’s summer camp, worked with the perimeter players and organized film exchange.
Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from The University of Arizona in 2000.