20-year veteran of the Okaloosa County School District to lead the Eagles

Niceville High School will have a new Athletic Director for the 2022-2023 school year. The Okaloosa County School Board unanimously approved Daniel Griffin’s installation in the Eagles’ top spot. 

Griffin comes to NHS from across the campus on Partin Drive – where he was the weightlifting and assistant football coach for the Ruckel Rams. He grew up in Okaloosa County and graduated from Okaloosa County Schools. 

A statement from Mr. Griffin, who was unable to attend the School Board meeting, said he, “is extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as Niceville High School’s next athletic director,” and wanted to thank the superintendent and school board for their confidence in him to lead. 

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Background: Who is Daniel Griffin?

Griffin has served in his post at Ruckel since 2019 and helped to lead the 2020 Ruckel Rams team to a county title in football. 

Before he became an educator, Griffin graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School where he and the Viking football team won a state championship in 1991. Griffin went on to play football at Troy University, thanks to a full scholarship. 

Griffin has a B.S. in Sports Administration and an M.S. in Exercise Science from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. 

According to his bio on the Ruckel Middle School website, Griffin, “has a passion for working with kids in the weight room to increase overall athletic performance and strength.” The biography also notes Griffin “loves spending time with his wife outside at the beach and on the water.”

Griffin will replace Grant Thompson as Athletic Director at Niceville High School.

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