Karen Griffith

Karen Griffith, Hall of Fame Athlete

Karen Griffith, Hall of Fame Athlete

Karen Griffith graduated with high honors from UC Santa Barbara in 1983 after earning the Joseph E. Lantagne Award for Athletic and Academic Excellence. After a year as an honors student and walk-on basketball and volleyball player at the University of Southern California, Griffith transferred to UCSB and flourished.

Griffith played on the 1987 UCSB softball team that placed ninth in the Women’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb., and on the basketball team that placed fourth in the regional tournament in that same year. Griffith earned the softball team’s Golden Glove award in both 1980 and 1982 for her play in left field and at first base. She was also tapped with the Coaches ‘ Award in basketball in 1982. Griffith ‘s athletic career began in Santa Barbara as a three-sport standout at San Marcos High School.

In 1977 she earned All-CIF second team honors as a middle blocker for the team that went to the CIF quarterfinals. She was basketball’s top rebounder and an All-Channel League second team selection as well as the softball Most Valuable Player and a first-team All-Channel League selection in that same year.

In 1978 Griffith was named to the All-Channel League first team in basketball as well as tapped for the San Marcos Outstanding Girl Athlete award. Also an accomplished student, she was a California Scholarship Federation sealbearer at graduation.

Griffith currently lives in Clovis, Calif., where she is a fire captain for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Monterey County. Her proudest achievement is graduating first in her class from the CDF Fire Academy in 1989. San Marcos High School Athletics Director, Bob Archer, will present Griffith with her award this evening.