Griffin hired as Bozeman football head coach

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bozeman Bucks have found their next football coach.

Bozeman Principal Josh Balkom sent out an email Thursday afternoon stating Jason Griffin has been hired to take over the Bucks program. Griffin replaces Lyle Messer, who stepped down a couple of months ago.

Griffin moves northeast from Arnold, where he's been the offensive coordinator and associate head coach for the last two seasons.

He's a 1992 Rutherford graduate who played quarterback on scholarship at Tennessee-Martin. Griffin also served as an assistant at Pensacola Catholic, Mosley, and a decade plus at his alma mater, Rutherford, before heading to Arnold.

Griffin tells WJHG he's very excited to get his first head coaching opportunity. He says he wasn't even looking for other jobs and was very happy at Arnold coaching under Josh Wright, who he says he has great respect and love for.

However, Griffin say he has always had an eye on Bozeman, and when the job opened, he applied, interviewed, and got the job.

Griffin believes Bozeman has a high ceiling and he's anxious to continue his coaching success and get the Bucks rolling.

No word yet on when Coach Griffin will be officially introduced.