James Franklin has built quite a resume in his coaching career — not only for winning, but for the way he runs his organization and how he goes about his business. One of the reasons for this success is the quality people that he surrounds himself with. One of those people is Jemal Griffin, Assistant Athletic Director and Chief of Staff for Football at Penn State University.
In this episode, Jemal discusses his initial foray into the business world, looking for his “why”, moving into coaching and teaching at the high school level, finding a fit at the University of Maryland, his relationship with James Franklin, the move to Vanderbilt and a new organizational structure, the move to Penn State, the organizational setup at Penn State, his relationship with school administration, budget, influencing young people, the work/life balance, and advice to those looking to enter the business.
Jemal’s resource recommendations:
- The Purpose Driven Life – book by Rick Warren
Jemal’s Punt Video:
- File this one under Other Duties As Assigned. Jemal saves the team from extra sprints by fielding a punt to end practice. Hear him tell the story behind this scene in this episode of Ops Nation. Watch the video here.
photo credit: Penn State University Athletics
Intro Music: Surf Shimmy Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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