Coaching Staff

 

Assistant Coach
Elliott Cribby


Elliott Cribby joined Purdue as its pitching coach in July 2018. Previously, he was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Seattle University.

Cribby helped lead Seattle to 30-plus wins in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The Redhawks won a program-record 37 games and the Western Athletic Conference title in 2016. Three of the four SU players drafted this year were pitchers, headlined by lefty Tarik Skubal being selected in the ninth round. Another incoming signee that Cribby recruited was drafted in the 11th round. Cribby also coached Nick Meservey to WAC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2016.

Cribby also pitched collegiately in Seattle at the University of Washington. He has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Seattle University since 2014. Previously, he was the pitching coach at Abilene Christian (2013) and the head coach at Mount Si High School (2011-12) in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Cribby replaces Steve Holm, who was hired as the head coach at Illinois State on June 22. Holm was also a successful pitching coach in the WAC at Sacramento State before joining Wasikowski's first coaching staff at Purdue in the summer of 2016.

Cribby served as the pitching coach of the BRAVE team in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in both 2015 and 2016. The 2015 squad won gold at the event. He led Mount Si to a state title in 2011.

Voted the best recruiter in the WAC by his fellow coaches in a D1Baseball.com poll, Cribby helped build a Seattle roster that featured multiple MLB draft picks in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The Redhawks had 18 players or recruits drafted total in his five years. His recruits earned Freshman All-America honors for three straight seasons from 2015 to 2017. Among those honorees, pitchers Zach Wolf and Skubal both went on to be drafted. Wolf recorded a pair of 10-save seasons and Skubal eclipsed the program's all-time strikeouts record while fanning 106 in 80 innings as a senior.

Seattle's pitching staff led the WAC in strikeouts for three straight seasons from 2014 to 2016. The 2016 team was tops in the conference in almost every pitching statistic and among the top 20 nationally with a 2.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That season's staff recorded 448 strikeouts vs. 165 walks while surrendering only 18 home runs in 501 2/3 innings.

Cribby made at least 20 appearances in each of his three seasons at the University of Washington. As a teammate of Tim Lincecum in 2006, he recorded seven wins and 10 saves while pitching in 29 of the 61 games. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 that season and selected to the Rogers Clemens Award watch list going into the 2007 campaign. He made 70 career appearances for UW, recording 13 saves and a 2.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 151 1/3 innings. He was seventh in program history in saves and appearances entering the Huskies' 2018 campaign.

Cribby earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Washington. He was selected as UW's Sociology Student of the Year as a senior in 2008 and was also named to the Pac-10's All-Academic Team. He earned his master's in intercollegiate athletic leadership in 2009.

Cribby and his wife Shannon were married in December 2012.

 

Assistant Coach
Cooper Fouts

Former Pepperdine recruiting coordinator and Indiana native Cooper Fouts joined Purdue baseball as an assistant coach in July 2018.

Fouts brings 13 seasons of collegiate coaching experience to West Lafayette, highlighted by five seasons over two stints at Wasikowski’s alma mater Pepperdine (2011-12, 2016-18). In his new role, Fouts will lead the recruiting efforts alongside Cribby. In addition, Fouts will coach and develop Boilermaker catchers and assist with the Purdue offense.

Fouts was born in Kokomo, Indiana, living there until his family moved to Indianapolis in 1990. He has three aunts that are Purdue alumnae and a cousin that is a current student. He attended high school in Las Vegas after his family moved west in 1994.

Fouts graduated from Las Vegas’ baseball powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School in 2001. He was selected in the 26th round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but opted to enroll at the College of Southern Nevada.  After one season, he made the move to the Division I level. He played in over 150 games as a three-year starting catcher for Texas Tech from 2003 to 2005.

Fouts helped Pepperdine win West Coast Conference titles in 2012 and 2018. He worked under current Baylor head coach Steve Rodriguez during his first term with the Waves. Wasikowski and Rodriguez were both starting infielders on Pepperdine’s 1992 College World Series championship team.

Current Pepperdine head coach Rick Hirtensteiner brought Fouts back to Malibu in the summer of 2015. Fouts has also served as an assistant coach at Utah Valley (2013-15), College of Southern Nevada (2007-10) and Lubbock Christian University (2006). His final season at CSN featured Bryce Harper winning the Golden Spikes Award and being selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. The Coyotes won 52 games and finished third at JUCO World Series that season.

In Lubbock, Fouts caught future big leaguer Dallas Braden as well as his brother Nathan during his three seasons as a Red Raider.

In his second stint at Pepperdine, Fouts’ recruits helped the program post an 11-win improvement in 2018. The Waves won the WCC with a 17-10 record after being 8-19 the year prior. Pepperdine’s 2012 team won 36 games and was a finalist at the Palo Alto Regional.

Pepperdine has had multiple players drafted for seven consecutive seasons. All-American utility man Jordan Qsar, who led the WCC with 63 RBI and also recorded seven saves, headlined the Waves’ 2018 draftees.

Fouts also served as a recruiting coordinator at Utah Valley, where he helped the Wolverines win 71 games over three seasons. But more importantly, he helped build a roster that went on to lead UVU to 37 wins and an NCAA Regional berth in 2016 as the Western Athletic Conference Tournament champion.

In Fouts’ final season at College of Southern Nevada, nine pitchers were drafted that June and 14 more student-athletes were signed by NCAA Division I programs. CSN won three conference titles, two Region 18 championships and Western District tournament in 2010 during his four seasons on the coaching staff.

Fouts was part of a pair of NCAA Tournament wins as a junior at Texas Tech. He helped TTU’s 2004 team win 40 games and earn the No. 2 seed at the Atlanta Regional. As the Red Raiders’ starting catcher in all four games of the regional, he helped TTU defeat Mississippi State twice and earned a spot on the All-Regional Team. He was recognized as honorable mention All-Big 12 as a senior after again being among the top defensive backstops and top-throwing catchers in the league.

Fouts earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science from Texas Tech in 2006. He and his wife, Bri, were married in 2010 and have three children – Harper, Emmit and Nash.

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Greg Goff


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.

 

Director of Baseball Operations
John Madia


Program alumnus John Madia rejoined Purdue baseball as the director of baseball operations in the fall of 2015.

As the director of baseball operations, Madia is responsible for baseball alumni outreach, player and staff professional/career development and other general marketing and operations duties to advance the program.

Prior to returning to Purdue in his operations role, Madia worked in industry as an executive with Dow Chemical and CH2M as a global business and HR leader. Throughout his career, Madia has served on the Purdue Athletic Advisory Board and held various advisory roles to the College of Agriculture. In addition, he has been active with amateur baseball as a former coach and member of the Indiana Bulls Baseball executive board. Prior to that, Madia was an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles organization.

As a student-athlete, Madia played first base for the Boilermakers under Joe Sexson and Dave Alexander. As a sophomore, he was second on the team hitting with a .291 batting average and led all regulars with a .981 fielding percentage. He was the first Boilermaker player selected as recipient of the Clyde Lyle Award (top player who began his career as a walk-on).

A native of Utica, N.Y., Madia earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue and has been honored by the School of Animal Sciences and the College of Agriculture as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2014, Madia was selected as a Purdue Old Master.

John and his wife, Jean, also a Purdue graduate, have four children and Boilermaker graduates, Megan ('05), Kate ('07), Drew, a former Boilermaker Baseball player ('10) and Dan ('11).