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Goff set to lead Bulldog baseball forward

July 11, 2014
Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McCelland poses with new head baseball coach Greg Goff. – Photo courtesy of media relations

Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McCelland poses with new head baseball coach Greg Goff. – Photo courtesy of media relations

Ray Patterson
Staff Reporter

Louisiana Tech found their new head baseball coach in former Campbell University skipper, Greg Goff.

After spending seven years in Buies Creek, a city in central North Carolina, making friends and building close relationships, Goff said leaving was emotional.

“Any time you have change, it’s going to be tough, “Goff said. “It’s been emotional for my girls. As we crossed the state line, I saw a lot of relief in their eyes. We know this is where we are supposed to be.”

Goff is taking over a program that went 297-370-1 under the helm of former coach Wade Simoneaux, now the head baseball coach of West Monroe High School.

Simoneaux was fired after a 2013 campaign that saw the Bulldogs finish with a 15-35 overall record and a 5-25 mark in Conference USA play.

Goff said his first plan of action is to evaluate the current players and start recruiting.

“We’re trying to get all over the state of Louisiana,” Goff said. “It starts from day one. We set the standards and let them know what it is going to take to be champions. I just hope they are ready to change and are excited about us coming in and the direction we are going to go.”

Goff amassed an overall record of 224-174 while leading the Camels at Campbell University, including three straight 40-win seasons and a 2013 Big South Conference title.

Goff plans on instilling a championship mentality in the Bulldog’s program.

“We’re ready to build this program back to where it was a few years ago — winning championships,” Goff said. “We’re thrilled and excited to be here. It’s going to be a great journey.”

Goff said that he sees a really good opportunity in Ruston that includes a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series.

“If I didn’t mean it, I wouldn’t say it,” Goff said. “We’re going to work that way everyday and get our players to understand that good things happen to good people. I definitely think we can make it to Omaha. It can definitely happen. I wouldn’t have left a really good situation if I didn’t think this was a great opportunity.”

Before leading Campbell’s baseball program, Goff spent four years as head coach at the University of Montevallo, a Division II program in Alabama, accruing a 152-84 overall record.

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