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Sewell, Griffith Join Cougar Athletics Staff
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 07/18/2000
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July 18, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Francesca Green Sewell and J.D. Griffith have joined the Washington State University Athletics Department staff, Senior Associate Athletic Director Marcia Saneholtz announced Tuesday.

Sewell is an assistant track coach while Griffith is the new Director of Marketing and Promotions.

Sewell moves from the student-athlete side of the Cougars to the coaching staff, joining Rick Sloan's track and field staff as the an assistant coach working with sprinters. Sewell is a 1995 graduate of Kamiakin High in Kennewick, Washington, and received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from WSU in 1998 and her master's in sports administration from WSU in 1999. She won the Pac-10 long jump titles in both 1996 and 1998, and earned All-American honors from her 1996 NCAA outdoor, and 1997 NCAA indoor long jump competition. A sprinter and triple jumper in addition to long jumping, Sewell scored 21.5 of WSU's 123 points in 1999 Pac-10 Championships. She ran the anchor leg of WSU's record-setting 4x100m relay team (44.50 seconds) in 1999.

A star in the classroom as well, Sewell was selected as a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American (District VIII), to the Pac-10 All-Academic Track team, and earned Senior Excellence in Academics honors. She was voted Student-Athlete Advisory Board Outstanding Senior, earned the Eagle Hardware and Garden Academic Salute Trophy, selected for the WSU President's Award for Leadership and was honored with an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Award.

Sewell is married to Colan Sewell, a former WSU track sprinter.

"Francesca Sewell is one of the most versatile, accomplished and decorated track and field athletes in WSU track and field history," head coach Rick Sloan said. "For the past four years, we've seen her ability to interact with the other student-athletes. She's been like a student coach for us during that period, helping younger athletes with their mechanics and techniques. She's going to be a great addition to our staff. We're looking forward to a long association with Fran and having her be a part of our staff at Washington State."

Born in Spokane, Griffith attended Redmond High, in Redmond, Washington, but graduated from Arapahoe High, Littleton, Colo., in 1991. He went on to attend Ricks College where he was selected as the Business Man of the Year. He attended Utah State and earned a bachelor of science degree in business management in 1997, and his masters of business administration in 1998. His thesis was, "Analyzing the Components of a Successful Division I-A Football Marketing Plan."

While an undergraduate at USU, Griffith worked as a marketing assistant. He served as the interim director of marketing and promotions at Utah State from 1997 until 1998, when he was named the Assistant Athletic Director for the same area. Griffith was awarded the 1999 Partnership award from the Utah State Physical Plant. He was a member of the Cache Chamber of Commerce.

Griffith and his wife, Tasha, have two children, Hanna (2 years), and Gunnar (3 months).

"We're pleased and excited to have J.D. on board. The enthusiasm he showed during the search process as well as his experience in the overall field of marketing and promotions will give WSU a great future in that area," Associate Athletic Director Jon Oliver said. "He's been in a situation where he's had to do all of the work, hands-on, by himself. He's had to be creative and he showed that enthusiasm throughout the search process and he influenced us to make our decision."

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