Alabama baseball has their man in former Louisiana Tech head coach Greg Goff and made it official at a press conference held on Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The University of Alabama made it official by naming Greg Goff as the next head coach of the Crimson Tide baseball team on Friday. The terms of the deal between the two parties have not been released yet, but it is almost certain that Goff will be getting a raise from his last coaching gig at Louisiana Tech where he was making between $100,000 and $130,000.
Goff was not one of the top names mentioned for the Alabama baseball job at first, but when D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers tweeted Thursday that David Pierce and Cliff Godwin were out of the mix for Alabama, Goff’s name was quickly named as the front-runner.
“I am very happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Greg Goff to become our next head baseball coach at the University of Alabama,” said athletics director Bill Battle in a released statement. “Greg is a proven winner as a head coach, with an impressive record of developing programs into championship-caliber teams. I was impressed with his knowledge of the game and the SEC, his organization and control of games and practices, and his passion to coach at the University of Alabama.
“Greg has been a winner at every stop along the way, and he has done it with class. We are very excited that Greg has accepted our offer to be our next head coach, and I am confident that he will lead our student-athletes to compete for championships while doing so with the integrity and honor that we value.”
“I am thankful to Athletics Director Bill Battle and The University of Alabama for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Crimson Tide,” said Goff. “This is a great University and a great baseball program in the nation’s top baseball conference, and I am truly blessed to be here today. I have continued to work hard my entire career so that I could one day coach at one of the nation’s elite programs, and I could not be happier than to be a part of such a storied program. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I look forward to the challenge and am once again thankful for this opportunity. Roll Tide!”
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Coaching baseball in the state of Alabama is not new for Greg Goff since he coached at Division II University of Montevallo which is about an hour east of Tuscaloosa. While coaching at Montevallo, he compiled a 43 win season and took the Falcons to the Division II College World Series in 2006, and then followed up that season with a 47 win campaign in 2007.
Goff then moved on to Campbell University where his first season they went 21-37 in 2008 but posted three 40-plus win seasons in a row when the “Fighting Camels” went 41-18, followed by 49-10 and 41-21 campaigns in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
In 2015, Goff was hired to take over a struggling Louisiana Tech baseball program, which in the prior year won 15 games. In his first season, he compiled a 25-27 record. The following year, Goff led the Bulldogs to their best season since 1988 with a record of 42-20 and a berth in the NCAA Regionals. Following this season, Louisiana Tech promised Goff that they would start to improve facilities and game atmosphere in hopes to keep him because his name had become a very hot commodity at major NCAA baseball programs.
Welcome to THE University of Alabama Coach Goff, can’t wait to watch “The Joe” come alive again.