New Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff was introduced at a press conference on Friday, and he has his clear goal in mind.
If you put a man into position at his dream job with a hunger for one major goal, it can be a beautiful thing. That’s just what Alabama baseball fans have in Greg Goff.
Growing up in Tennessee, Goff was an Alabama fan. Now, he is the head coach of the Tide and it didn’t take him long to jump on Bill Battle’s offer.
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According to Rivals.com, Battle asked him if he wanted to be the coach at the University of Alabama and before he could finish, Goff responded with, “Yes, sir. My dream come true”.
With his history of turning around programs and with the Tide just missing out on the NCAA Tournament this past season, an NCAA Regional appearance could very well be on deck next season.
In his press conference on Friday, Goff said, “My goal is to load the Grand Slammers club up from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and take you to Omaha, Nebraska in the next few years.” He continued, “That’s my goal. I promise you, the good lord willing, we’ll bring in the right players, the right energy, and the right passion, we’re going to get there.”
Alabama Crimson Tide fans have had the Regionals and Super Regionals in the past few years, but a trip to Omaha has eluded everyone in crimson since the late nineties. Former Tide head coach Jim Wells led Alabama to appearances at the old Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha during the 1996, 1997, and 1999 seasons and the runner-up slot in 1999.
Just from reading back over his comments (via Al.com) that were made after the press conference when he met with reporters, it sounds like his coaching style will result with some aggressive play on the diamond. Goff said he wants to lead the country in stolen bases and that on-base percentage is very important to him. Tide players will be given the “green light”.
He also added, “We’re going to let our guys swing early and try to hit the ball through the wall, but with two strikes, we’re going to try to put the ball in play and make guys defend the field”.
I can imagine that most Alabama fans are wondering if Goff understands the rivalry with the Auburn Tigers. Yes, he does. “We have respect for Butch (Thompson). He’s a great guy. But he’s at Auburn. And we’re at Alabama. That’s all you have to really say about that part of it.”
With a statement like that, it sounds like he will fit in perfectly in Tuscaloosa.