Staff
Head Coach
Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin was formally named the second head coach in the history of the Canisius softball program on Sept. 29, 2014. She took over for Mike Rappl, who served as the Golden Griffins' head coach for 36 years before announcing his retirement July 28, 2014.

In her first season at the helm of the softball program, Griffin earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors after helping lead the Blue and Gold to a 26-19 overall record and a 15-5 mark in league play. The 15 wins in MAAC play helped lead the Griffs to the program's 14th MAAC regular-season crown, and it was the first since 2010. Griffin's first team led the league in three different offensive categories, including triples per game, where Canisius ended the season as the nation's leader in three-base hits per contest.

The 2007 graduate of Mercyhurst College, Griffin served as an assistant coach on Rappl's coaching staff for seven seasons, starting in 2008 when she joined the program as a volunteer assistant coach. In her first year with the Griffs, she was a part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Blue and Gold to a school-record 39 wins, a MAAC Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament. In 2014, she took over as the team's pitching coach, where she oversaw the development of former Griff hurler Jen Consaul, who set the program's single-season records for appearances, innings pitched and complete-games.

As an assistant coach, Griffin handled day-to-day operations of the program, which included recruiting, scheduling, practice planning and on-field instruction. In her role as a recruiter for the team, she played a role in the recruitment of three All-MAAC honorees in the last two years. Griffins also helped plan and supervise various camps and clinics at Canisius and she's active in the community, as she serves as a volunteer coach with the Canisius Special Olympics basketball and softball teams. Her basketball teams won back-to-back gold medals at the New York State Special Olympics games and in the summer of 2014, her hoops squad earned a silver medal at the USA Special Olympics Games, held in Princeton, N.J.

Griffin is no stranger to Western New York softball, as she played her scholastic ball at nearby Cleveland Hill High School. At Mercyhurst, she played in 130 career games and she was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree. As a senior in 2007, Griffin hit .264 with three home runs and 18 RBI for the Lakers, while ranking third on the team in on-base percentage (.346), fourth in runs batted in and fifth in total bases (46). She also won six games in the circle for Mercyhurst in her senior season to go with a save and a 3.52 ERA. She was named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention list after her junior campaign when she hit .322 with six doubles and 22 RBI.

Griffin earned her undergraduate degree in sports medicine from Mercyhurst in 2007, and she earned her master's degree in school counseling from Canisius in 2011.

Assistant Coach
Jocelyn Carter

Former Syracuse pitcher Jocelyn Cater is entering her first season as the Golden Griffins' pitching coach. Cater pitched for the Orange for three seasons, where she earned 26 wins and 365 strikeouts in 67 career appearances.

Cater, a native of Delta, British Columbia, started her college career at the University of Washington, where she was a part of the Huskies team that advanced to the 2013 Women's College World Series. She closed out her collegiate career at Syracuse, where she tallied a career earned run average of 3.70 to go with 27 complete games, six shutouts and three saves in 323.1 innings of work.

A member of the Canadian National Team, Cater played at the Canadian Open for both the junior and senior teams and the Softball World Cup team in 2011-12. She also helped lead Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Cater earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and forensics from Syracuse in May 2016. She is currently working on her master's degree at Canisius, where she is enrolled in the College's mental health counseling program.

Assistant Coach
Ray Hennessy

Ray Hennessy is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Canisius softball staff. A former assistant baseball coach at both Mercyhurst (1988-91) and Erie Community College (1991-93), Hennessy brings a wealth of softball knowledge to the Canisius staff. From 2002-13, he served as the president and Gold Team coach for the New Era Diamond Girls, one of the top travel programs in Western New York. On the Canisius staff, he will help with practice and game management, work with the team's infield defense and also serves as the Griffs' first base coach.

Hennessy was the varsity high school softball coach at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, N.Y., from 2004-13. There, he took over a program that had one win in three seasons and turned the team around, posting a 137-75 record in his 10 years at the helm of the team. Immaculata earned a trip to the NYSIAS Finals in both 2005 and 2007 and the team finished tied for first in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in both 2009 and 2010. At the club level, the Gold Team for the New Era Diamond Girls program has posted several top-five finishes at national tournaments, most recently placing fifth at the 2013 U-18 Triple Crown Nationals.

Hennessy earned his associates degree from Hilbert College, where he played baseball and earned all-regional honors, and he also played college baseball at Brockport. He holds a bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst and a master's degree from Canisius.

He and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 25 years and they have three daughters, Meghan, Molly and Katelynn. He is currently the CFO for Superior Medical Consultants, located in Buffalo. His father, Ray Sr., coached baseball at Canisius for 13 years.