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Greg Goff
Greg  Goff

Hometown:
Jackson, Tenn.

Position:
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Email:
goff9@purdue.edu

Experience:
1st Year

07/21/2017

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Previously a head coach at four universities, Greg Goff joined Purdue baseball as an assistant coach in July 2017.

Mark Wasikowski and Goff have been friends since both were assistant coaches under Mark Hogan at Southeast Missouri State in the late 1990s, helping lead SEMO to its first Division I Regional appearance in 1998 as the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champions.

Goff has served as the head coach at Campbell University (2008-14), Louisiana Tech University (2015-16) and the University of Alabama (2017) as well as Division II University of Montevallo (2004-07).

"It truly is a great day for the Purdue baseball program to add Greg Goff to our coaching staff," Wasikowski said. "Having worked alongside Greg at Southeast Missouri State while winning the 1998 OVC championship and first-ever NCAA Regional appearance at that school, I know Greg's ability as a coach is second to none. Without my longstanding personal relationship with Greg, this opportunity would never have been a possibility. Greg's body of work shows he is a proven winner. He has a remarkable track record of success on the baseball field. However, his tremendous character, dedication to his faith and family, and commitment to excellence are the reasons why Greg Goff is so highly regarded to me and my family. To assemble a coaching staff that can rival the nation's best is every head coach's dream and now we have that staff at Purdue."

With 14 seasons of head coaching experience and 10 more as an assistant coach, Goff becomes one of most veteran assistant coaches in the Big Ten. He has won over 450 games as a head coach. He served as the pitching coach at Kentucky (2000-03) along with stints as an assistant at SEMO (1998-99) and his alma mater Delta State (1994-97).

As a head coach, Goff's teams won over 40 games six times. Campbell was one of only eight Division I programs to win 40-plus games for three straight years from 2012 to 2014, posting 131 total victories during that span. He also won 42 games in his final season at Louisiana Tech.

"The biggest thing for me about this opportunity was being able to work with Mark again," Goff said. "I believe it's a tremendous opportunity coming off the year they had. I really enjoyed the conversations I had with Mark's staff at Purdue and it felt like a great fit for me. I really respect how they want to play the game -- the mindset, mentality and culture they're building. Other Big Ten coaches spoke highly of Mark and how hard the guys played for him and his staff in year one. It's great for my family to come to West Lafayette."

"Greg and Mark first worked together here at SEMO in the 1990s. Mark was here a year before and when Greg came aboard it completed the makings of a great staff," Hogan said. "It just clicked when Greg joined us. They respected each other off the field and worked seamlessly together. The 1998 season was our first championship as a Division I school and a big deal for us. Obviously, putting together the right staff was a huge part of it. I know how much they think of each other and they were one of the best staffs I had over the years."

Goff has coached six future big leaguers, highlighted by Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb while he was at Kentucky. Louisiana Tech alumnus Phil Maton is Goff's most recent player to make it to the big leagues. Maton's manager with the San Diego Padres is Andy Green, who was a senior at Kentucky when Goff became the pitching coach. Longtime big leaguer and World Series champion Joe Blanton also pitched for Goff at Kentucky.

In Goff's final season at Campbell (2014), the Camels qualified for their first NCAA Regional in 24 years. Two years later, he led Louisiana Tech to its first Regional bid in 29 years. The 2014 Camels and 2016 Bulldogs both won at least one game in their Regionals, with La Tech coming through the loser's bracket to reach the Regional final at Mississippi State.

Under Goff's leadership, Montevallo finished third at the 2006 Division II College World Series as the Southeast Region champions. It was the program's first appearance at the DII World Series. In his four years at Montevallo, he compiled a 152-84 record.

Goff's teams had a losing record only five times in his 14 years as a head coach. Four of those five seasons were his first at a respective university. Just as Wasikowski led Purdue to a 19-win improvement in 2017, so too has Goff been part of some impressive turnarounds. In just two seasons, Louisiana Tech went from 15-35 the year before Goff's arrival to 42-20 in 2016. At Campbell, he inherited a team that was 11-45 in 2007. But under Goff, the Camels posted a winning record (27-24) in his second season and won 40 games by his fifth year (2012).

Goff was named the South Central Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association at both Louisiana Tech (2016) and Montevallo (2006). He was the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year at Campbell after leading his team to a school-record 49 wins and a conference title. Montevallo won a combined 100 games over his final two seasons, posting a new single-season record both years.

A Jackson, Tennessee, native, Goff played collegiately at both Delta State and Jackson State Community College. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from DSU. He and his wife, Tina, are the parents of four daughters: Kara, Kiley, Kolby and Kenzie.

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