Roy Griak
Roy  Griak

Position:
Administrative Assistant

Graduating Year:
1949 (Minnesota)


11/19/2015

Minnesota Made

The No. 16 Gophers will send an exclusively Minnesotan roster to the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

11/18/2015

No. 16 Gophers Set for NCAA Championships

Minnesota will run at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Saturday in Louisville.

11/17/2015

Plasencia Earns USTFCCCA Honor

Steve Plasencia has been honored as the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

11/12/2015

Gophers Head to Kansas for NCAA Regional

The men's 10-kilometer race is set for 1 p.m. CT while the women's six-kilometer race starts at 12 p.m. CT.

11/05/2015

Fall Finale Next Up on Schedule

The Gophers will send a small contingency of runners to Collegeville, Minn.

Roy Griak enters his 19th season as the Golden Gophers' full-time track and field/cross country administrative assistant in 2015-16. 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.

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