Griff Aldrich joined the UMBC men’s basketball coaching staff in April 2016 and will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations. Aldrich brings with him an extensive background in law, business and basketball, including approximately 15 years of coaching experience at the college, high school and AAU levels.
Most recently, Aldrich founded and coached the HIS Hoops program in Houston, Texas, establishing an elite, faith-based basketball program for at-risk youth in Houston’s Third Ward, one of the most impoverished areas within the city. In addition to HIS Hoops, Aldrich has served as the head coach of various elite-level AAU programs in the Houston area. Aldrich’s teams have included numerous future professional NBA, NFL and European athletes, including, among others, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aldrich also served as an assistant coach at Division III power Hampden-Sydney College. During his tenure, Hampden-Sydney recorded a 26-2 record and No.1 national ranking from D3hoops.com. Aldrich coached or recruited two All-Americans and over 10 All-Conference performers at Hampden-Sydney. In addition, Aldrich played a key role in securing one of the most successful recruiting classes in program history. This class won 100 games during their careers and included a two-time All-American, five All-Conference honorees and the college’s valedictorian.
Aldrich competed for Tony Shaver at Hampden-Sydney College for four years and served as a team captain during his senior year. Aldrich helped lead the Tigers to an 80-30 record during his career, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances. Aldrich also enjoyed a successful prep career at Norfolk Academy, leading his team to the VIS state championship while earning Virginia Player of the Year honors.
Prior to arriving at UMBC, Aldrich served as a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for the energy investment arm of one of the largest independent investment firms in the Asia-Pacific region. Aldrich also enjoyed a successful career in the legal profession serving as a partner with Vinson & Elkins, one of the world’s leading energy law firms, where his practice focused on corporate finance and securities matters.
Aldrich graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1996 where he majored in economics and German. He also earned a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999.
Aldrich and his wife, Julie, have three children, Scott, Ford and Laura Lee.