Roy Griak  
Roy Griak

Last College:
Minnesota

Position:
Administrative Assistant

Graduating Year:
1949


04/04/2014

Gophers Return to Action at Stanford

Also, the Hamline Invitational has been canceled due to poor weather.

03/21/2014

Gophers Open Outdoor Season in Tempe

Arizona State hosts the two-day meet at the Sun Angel Stadium.

03/13/2014

Gophers Send Three to NCAAs

John Simons, Jon Lehman and Zach Siegmeier will represent the Gophers as the 2014 NCAA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

02/26/2014

Gophers Head to Big Ten Championships

The University of Minnesota men's indoor track & field team returns to action this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio for the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships.

02/21/2014

Gophers Host Snowshoe Open

Junior Mark Jennings owns the Snowshoe Open shot put record at 17.65 meters (57-11 ft.) after winning the event last season.

Roy Griak enters his 17th season as the Golden Gophers' full-time track and field/cross country administrative assistant in 2013-14. He had previously served as Minnesota's cross country and track & field coach for 33 years from 1963-1996.

A letterwinner in both cross country and track and field during his collegiate running career for the Golden Gophers, Griak earned his bachelor's degree in education from the U of M in 1949, adding his master's degree in 1950. Griak went on to teach at Nicolett High School and then at the Mankato Public Schools before he began teaching and coaching at St. Louis Park High School in 1953.

Griak, who was inducted into the prestigious Drake Relays Coaches' Hall of Fame in April of 1993, took over the reigns of the Minnesota program in 1963, replacing his old coach Jim Kelly.

He led the Golden Gophers to Big Ten cross country titles in 1964 and 1969. His 1968 cross country squad finished second at the Big Ten meet and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Griak added a Big Ten track and field title to his resume in 1968.

In addition to three Big Ten titles, his cross country squads produced three second-place and seven third-place finishes in league meets. Overall, he coached a total of 47 cross country and track and field All-Americans during his tenure, including three NCAA champions. His athletes collected 60 Big Ten Conference individual titles as well.

When Griak stepped off the track for the last time in 1996, Minnesota honored its legendary coach by naming the nation's largest annual cross country meet, formerly the Minnesota Invitational, after Griak. Griak then became the administrative assistant for cross country and track & field.

As the track and field and cross country administrative assistant, Griak takes care of scheduling, budget and equipment duties. He also plans special events and projects, fundraisers and acts as a liaison to the administration.

Griak resides in Plymouth, Minn.