Louisiana Tech introduced Greg Goff as its new head coach Friday, replacing Wade Simoneaux, who was fired after 12 seasons. The Goff hire was originally reported by Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.
Goff spent the past seven years as the head coach at Campbell, and he turned the Camels into a Big South power. Campbell has recorded three straight 40-win seasons, including a 49-win season in 2013 and a 41-win campaign this spring, when the Camels won the Big South tournament to make their first regional since 1990. Campbell won its first-ever NCAA tournament game, beating Old Dominion in the Columbia Regional.
“Greg is a proven winner. Everywhere he has been as a coach, he has developed a culture of winning on the field and in the classroom. This represents our philosophy of developing champions,” Louisiana Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland said in a release. “We had an incredible pool of candidates, and through the process Greg separated himself as our top choice. We are fortunate to have him lead our baseball program into the future.”
Goff has proven he can win at a place where winning wasn’t easy. Campbell is a small private school that was hamstrung for years by a school policy preventing the Camels from playing on Sundays, resulting in a doubleheader-heavy schedule that made it difficult to schedule nonconference opponents.
Goff is very well-regarded and well-liked by his peers, and he is a fine choice to turn around a Louisiana Tech program that went just 15-35 this year, and 5-25 in its first season in Conference USA. The Bulldogs have posted three straight losing seasons and haven’t played in a regional since 1987.
Like other public schools in the state, Louisiana Tech has the advantage of lottery money for in-state scholarships to complement its 11.7 athletic scholarships, making the job desirable to plenty of coaches. Goff should get the Bulldogs going in short order.
UPDATE: Campbell wasted no time replacing Goff, announcing Friday that Justin Haire has been promoted to head coach. Haire, 33, served as Goff’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for each of Goff’s seven seasons at Campbell, helping to turn around a program that went just 11-45 when the duo arrived in Buies Creek in 2007. His elevation to head coach makes perfect sense for a Campbell program looking to maintain continuity.
“Naming Justin as our head coach allows a seamless transition for our excellent baseball program,” Campbell AD Bob Roller said in a release. “He has been an integral part of our building process and played a major role in our recent success. Campbell Baseball is now known nationally, and we realize how important it is to maintain this momentum and continuity. Justin has been a tireless recruiter and excellent teacher as our associate head coach. We both have the shared goals of, not only continuing our successful performance on the diamond, but in improving and playing deeper into June.”