Bernard Griffin calls himself something of a vagabond. But most of his life has been spent in the 757, and he’s ready to settle into his new job as Warwick’s head football coach.
“I think this can be a great situation,” said Griffin, who was announced as the Raiders' coach by
Newport News Public Schools on Thursday. “At this point of my career, after moving around a lot and working with a diverse group of people, I’m very intrigued by what going on at Warwick.
“I was looking for an opportunity. Some good people recommended me and things worked out for the best.”
Griffin, 43, is a 1987 graduate of Norcom, where he was a three-sport athlete. He later played football at Livingstone College,
Morgan State and Norfolk State.
His coaching career as an assistant includes stops at Norcom, Wilson, Indian River, Bayside and Landstown. He was the head coach at Greensville County, where he went 19-12 from 2003-05.
After spending three years as an assistant at Saint Paul’s College, Griffin became the head coach at Richmond's Thomas Jefferson High in 2010. His two teams went 0-20, but the program has won only eight games over the last 14 seasons.
“That was quite a trying situation,” Griffin said. “I thought I could bring some 757 enthusiasm to the program, but unfortunately we didn’t have a great ride. That was a very tough two seasons.”