Kevin Griffin, Class of 2009, was recently recognized during the annual homecoming banquet at West Virginia University (WVU) Potomac State College, when he was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award.
In addition to majoring in accounting/finance, Griffin served as catcher on the Catamounts baseball team. During his two years at the College, he accumulated a .325 batting average with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs. He is tied for sixth in home runs for a single season record.
Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from WVU, where he also played baseball for the Mountaineers for two seasons. The highlight of his career came in 2010 with a walk home run against Vila Nova to put the Mountaineers into the Big East tournament. Griffin later went on to serve as a student assistant coach focusing on hitters and catchers.
Griffin previously worked for Clear Mountain Bank, and for the Bank of Charlestown as a financial analyst. Although he has held several roles with his present employer, JLG Industries, Griffin is currently responsible for the financial analysis of the aftermarket parts segment.
However, Griffin’s love of baseball was always lingering, so in 2015, he turned his first wood baseball bat and had soon created a small business in his garage, Griff Bats. He’s produced a couple hundred bats the past few years and continues to grow the business.
In addition to supplying bats to sporting goods shops and men’s wooden bat leagues, he has also supplied and sponsored high school and American Legion tournaments. His bats have been used by professional baseball players during the Tampa Bay Rays spring training as well.
Griffin and his wife, Megan, are the proud parents of a son, Parker.