Susan (Connolly) Griffin, 1977 graduate of SBHS ran cross country and track and field. Helped lead the Saints to three State Open cross country championships, and was inducted into the St. Bernard Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Went on to run cross country and track at UConn, as the leading distance runner and captain for 3 years, graduated in 1981. From UConn went on to teach, coach and live as a dorm parent at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT from 1981 - 2005. Was promoted to assistant athletic director and also served as Athletic Director at Miss Porter's School from 2007-2010.
Returned to SB in 2005 as the Director of Advancement from 2005-07, and in the admissions office serving as the director of admissions and director of communications and marketing, from 2010-2012, prior to being named Athletic Director in October of 2015.
Coached the girls' cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs since 2005, and brought the St. Bernard girls' cross country team to the 2005 Eastern Connecticut Conference and Class S state championships and a fourth-place finish at the State Open.
"As an alum, my goal is to bring to the athletic department all that I have learned here as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. I have lived the tradition of excellence that has been associated with St. Bernard. I am committed to that strong presence of Saints athletics in Eastern Connecticut and beyond. Striving for the best from our student-athletes has always been the goal at St. Bernard."
Live in Mystic with my husband of 38 years. We are high school sweethearts having met on the SBS cross country team. We have 2 children and 2 grandsons. We adopted a Golden Retriever puppy in August and love having a dog in the house again. In the summer, we enjoy spending time with family and friends on the water, and sailing our boat.
Professionally, I am most proud of:
Coaching: XCountry in Preps - 11 time Founders’ League Champ, 1 time NE Champs
Track & Field in Preps - 9 time Founders’ League Champ, 1 time NE Champs
Trailside Camp - having spent 10 years as owner and director of a girls only distance running camp in Killington, Vermont. Kelly Perkins (SB trainer) worked with me and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had - working with other like minded coaches on empowering girls as runners.
Building or renovation projects:
At Loomis, I was on several building committees. Very active on a multi-million dollar gym renovation which included a fitness center, classroom, locker room, etc. Also, was head project manager for a new 8-lane track.
While at Miss Porter’s on the building committee for a new pool and international squash court facility and head project manager for renovations of the gym which included, installing hardwood floors, bleachers, rock climbing wall, fitness center and rowing room.
Most recently, project manager for the renovations of the SBS training room and gym which included floor, bleachers, hoops, scoreboards and lighting. Presently working on a project plan for improvement of the outdoor facilities and playing fields.