John L. Griffith
Griffith pictured in The Quax 1918, Drake yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, baseball, basketball, track|
August 20, 1877|
Mount Carroll, Illinois
|Died||December 7, 1944
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1922–1944||Big Ten (commissioner)|
|Head coaching record|
John L. Griffith (August 20, 1877 – December 7, 1944) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the first commissioner of the Big Ten Conference from 1922 until his death in 1944.
Griffith was the tenth head football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, serving for eight seasons, from 1908 until 1915, compiling a record of 36–25–3. During his time at Drake, he created the Drake Relays, in 1910.
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