Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mohawks assistant coach Doug O'Brey, left, and head coach Keith Griffin are shown during Tuesday's game at Shuttleworth Park in the city of Amsterdam.
Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mohawks first baseman Brendan Tracy, left, and third baseman Tommy Kain (25) dump a cooler of water on head coach Keith Griffin after the Mohawks won the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship Thursday in Newark. Also pictured is PGCBL President Jeff Kunion.
By ADAM SHINDER
NEWARK -- Before the Amsterdam Mohawks had put the finishing touches on the 2014 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship, head coach Keith Griffin had already made his decision about his 2015 summer plans and discussed them with team president Brian Spagnola.
Considering that the Mohawks hoisted a third straight championship trophy and fifth in six years Thursday night, Griffin's decision is certainly good news.
"I'm gonna come back next year," Griffin said. "I told (Spagnola) that earlier. I'm looking forward to doing it again."
The relationship between Griffin and the Mohawks has been nothing short of sensational since the Floridian arrived at Shuttleworth Park in 2009. In six seasons, Griffin has won more than 200 games and collected five championships -- two in the New York Collegiate Baseball Leauge and the last three in the PGCBL.
This summer, Griffin led the Mohawks to what he deemed to be the club's best season ever under his tutelage, putting up a 40-11 record between the regular and postseasons that culminated with Thursday's 12-1 win over the Newark Pilots to complete a two-game sweep in the PGCBL Championship Series.
"Brian and I have had a great relationship the whole six years I've been here," Griffin said of the success of his and Spagnola's partnership.
After the title was secured, Griffin said the only downside was a lack of downtime before returning to his day job as the administrative dean at Ernest Ward Middle School in Florida.
"My problem is I don't have any days off. I've got to go to work on Monday," he said. "But, I'm gonna go to Vegas on Saturday and take a couple days with my wife. So, I'm looking forward to that."
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