Rostock Griffins

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Rostock Griffins [[| 20px]]
City: Rostock
Founded: 1998
Head coach: Markus Grahn
League (2020): GFL 2 north
Greatest successes
Promotion to the GFL2 2012, 2016
Champion Regionalliga Ost 2012, 2015, 2016

Rostock athletics stadium

Address: Kopernikusstrasse 17
18057 Rostock
Play surface: race
Data status
15th September 2019

The Rostock Griffins are an American football team from Rostock in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . The team has been playing in the German Football League 2 , the second highest German division , since the 2017 season .


In 1998 the Rostock Griffins were founded as Baltic Blue Stars in Rostock. In their eventful history, the footballers belonged to various Rostock sports clubs as the American Football section.

After some difficulties and internal problems (including naming rights) the team renamed itself in 2008 to Rostock Griffins and in the same year played in the 4th division for the first time under its new name. The team was able to end the season in third place.

In 2009 the Griffins barely managed to prevent relegation to the 5th division. In the last away game they won at the Halle Falken with 21:18 and secured themselves relegation with only one point difference to the Falken. The experiences from this season led to extensive restructuring within the club.

For the 2010 season, four US players were signed for the first time in the club's history . In the successful season that ended with second place, you could u. a. celebrate a 68-0 home win against the Chemnitz Crusaders . With the license waiver of the Potsdam Royals for the German Football League 2, the Rostock Griffins were given the opportunity to move up to the Regional League East as second place in the Oberliga Ost.

For the 2011 season, the club signed four US players, including Brandon Peebler. Rostock started the season as outsiders with the aim of keeping the league, which was ultimately achieved. At the end of the season, long-standing head coach Björn Jentzen ended his career. Christopher Kuhfeldt became the new head coach for the 2012 season. With him the promotion to the GFL2 succeeded in the same year, after one could prevail in the relegation games against the Lübeck Seals and the Bielefeld Bulldogs were narrowly defeated.

For the 2013 season, Phil Hickey took over as head coach. The Rostock Griffins finished their first participation in the GFL2 with the 8th and last place (balance of 1 win and 13 defeats), which meant the direct relegation to the Regionalliga Ost. After the season the collaboration with Phil Hickey was ended.

The 2014 season started without a named head coach. The post was taken over internally by several players and the season ended with 2nd place.

For the 2015 season, Christopher Kuhfeldt was again Head Coach. The season ended with a record of 10 wins and no defeat in first place in the table. Nevertheless, the Griffins missed promotion to GFL2 Nord, as both relegation games against the Ritterhude Badgers and the Assindia Cardinals from Essen were lost.

At the beginning of the 2016 season, the Griffins' coaching staff issued promotion to GFL2 North as a season goal. With the renewed first place with a balance of 10: 0 this goal was achieved. Rostock, as champions of the Regionalliga Ost, and the Langenfeld Longhorns , champions of the Regionalliga West, were promoted directly, as the Regionalliga Nord did not have a participant in the relegation this year.

After the promotion, the team stayed in the GFL2 from 2017 to 2019 with a balanced or positive balance. In October 2018, after 21 years as a department in a multi-discipline club, the step into independence as Rostock GRIFFINS eV was made. In mid-October 2019, Markus Grahn was announced that he would be the new head coach in order to go into the fourth second division year in 2020 with him in the main responsible position.

Successes and placements


year league space Balance (S – N – U) Remarks
2008 Oberliga Ost 3. 6-4
2009 Oberliga Ost 4th 1-6-1
2010 Oberliga Ost 2. 7-3 Promotion to the Regionalliga Ost
2011 Regional League East 5. 3-6-1
2012 Regional League East 1. 11-1 Promotion to GFL 2 North
2013 GFL 2 north 8th. 1-13
2014 Regional League East 2. 7-3
2015 Regional League East 1. 10-0
2016 Regional League East 1. 10-0 Promotion to GFL 2 North
2017 GFL 2 north 3. 7-7
2018 GFL 2 north 4th 8-6
2019 GFL 2 north 3. 8-6

In the meantime, the association has also been drawing attention to itself in the other departments of the Rostock Griffins. The "Junior Griffins" were multiple winners of the "Youth Regionalliga East - Group North" and finished in 2019 in the "U19 Youth Regionalliga East" in 2nd place. The Cheerdance Team of the "Rostock Griffiness" was East German national champion in 2018 and was ranked at the German championships 3rd place In 2019 the cheerleaders became German vice-champions and took 3rd place at the European Championships.

social commitment

In 2010 and 2011, the Griffins team was heavily involved in the DKMS - the German bone marrow donor center . In addition, the Griffins have their own anti-violence program Griffins Against Violence , which is aimed at young people who are prepared to use violence or at risk. The aim is to convey positive experiences through sport, to promote the concept of performance and to correctly classify the term “respect”.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Rostock Griffins can sniff second division air. Lübecker Nachrichten , September 7, 2016, accessed on October 5, 2016 .
  2. Leipzig is not a stumbling block for Rostock., September 5, 2015, accessed October 5, 2016 .
  3. ^ Association - History., accessed on March 26, 2019 .
  4. Markus Grahn takes over the sporting management of the Griffins. Retrieved on March 17, 2020 (German).
  5. Archive - Results since 2008., accessed on March 26, 2019 .
  6. Rostock Griffins. In: Retrieved March 26, 2019 .