Amy Griffin

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Amy Griffin
Personal information
Full name Amy Griffin
Date of birth (1965-10-25) October 25, 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Years Team
1984–1987 UCF Knights
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 United States 24 (0)
Teams managed
Years Team
1987–1988 UCF (assistant)
1989–1991 Santa Clara (assistant)
1991–1992 San Diego (assistant)
1993–1995 New Mexico
1996– Washington (assistant)
2005– Washington (associate head coach)
2012 United States U-20 (goalkeeper coach)

Amy Griffin (born October 25, 1965), née Allmann, is a former American soccer player and was a member of the United States women's national soccer team that took home gold in the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup. She is currently associate head coach at the University of Washington and a goalkeeper coach for the United States under-20 women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Griffin grew up in Federal Way, Washington where she attended Decatur High School and played for the club soccer team, F.C. Royals.[1][2]

University of Central Florida[edit]

Griffin attended the University of Central Florida where she played goalkeeper for the Knights from 1984–1987. In 1987, she was named NCAA's Adidas Goalkeeper of the Year. Griffin and teammate Michelle Akers helped lead UCF to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 1987.

Griffin was inducted into the Central Florida Hall of Fame in 1999, the school's second women's soccer honoree. The first was her teammate at UCF, Michelle Akers.[3][4]

Playing career[edit]


Griffin played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987–1991 and was on the squad that won the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991. In 23 career national team starts (with 24 caps), she posted a 12–8–3 record with a 0.99 goals against average.[4][5][6]

International career statistics[edit]

 United States
Year Apps Goals
1987 9 0
1988 7 0
1990 2 0
1991 6 0
Total 24 0

Coaching career[edit]

Griffin was one of the first nine women to obtain a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) level "A" coaching license. She is active in the Olympic Development program and coached at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival. In 1998, she became a staff coach for both the NSCAA and the U.S. Soccer Federation.[3]

Griffin was head coach at the University of New Mexico where she started the program in 1993. The New Mexico Lobos posted a 27–24–1 record under Griffin, including a 10–7–3 mark in 1995 en route to a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference. Prior to that, she served as assistant coach at San Diego State University. Griffin later re-joined Lesle Gallimore, former head coach at San Diego State, at the University of Washington and has spent over a decade with the Huskies, most recently as Associate Head Coach.[3]

Griffin was an assistant coach at Santa Clara University from 1989–1991. She was also an assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Central Florida.[3]

In 2012, Griffin was a goalkeeper coach for the United States under-20 women's national soccer team and helped guide the team to gold at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[7]

In 2015, Griffin was announced as the new US Deaf Women's National Team's head coach for soccer.[8]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Griffin served as broadcast commentator with NBC, ESPN and Fox Network. She provided analysis for ESPN2 during the 1995 and 1999 women's soccer World Cups and was the color analyst for NBC's 2000 Sydney Olympic coverage.[4]

Artificial turf and health concerns[edit]

Amy Griffin has played an important role by bringing forward concerns about the health of women soccer players, particularly goal keepers. She collected data about athletes with cancer who have played on artificial turf containing "crumb rubber".[9][10] As of 2015, her list of 200 athletes with cancer contained 150 soccer players, 95 of whom were goalkeepers.[11]


  1. ^ "Amy (Allmann) Griffin". Federal Way Public Schools. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ "The Agony Of Victory – After U.S. Soccer Triumph, Women Fight To Keep Sport In Public Eye". Seattle Times. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Amy Griffin". University of Washington. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Amy Allmann". University of Central Florida. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  5. ^ "10 Questions with Amy Griffin". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Women Quietly Get Their Kicks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Griffin Wins Gold In Japan". University of Washington. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  8. ^ "ONE DREAM – WOMENS DEAF SOCCER – GoalNation". GoalNation. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  9. ^ Weeks, Jennifer (2015). "Turf Wars". Distillations Magazine. 1 (3): 34–37. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Why Won't the Government Say Whether This Artificial Turf is Safe?". USA Today. September 30, 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  11. ^ Fernandez, Erick (November 3, 2015). "ESPN Is Running A Segment On Turf That Should Worry Everyone". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

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