Greg Goff joined Purdue baseball as an assistant coach in July 2017 and was promoted to head coach in June 2019.
Previously a head coach at four universities, Goff succeeded his friend and longtime colleague Mark Wasikowski, who returned to the University of Oregon as the Ducks’ new head coach in June 2019.
Goff has previously 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). He also helped lead the Boilermakers to a memorable 38-win season in 2018, punctuated by the program's third NCAA Regional bid in program history. Purdue finished second in the Big Ten standings and was also the runner-up at the Big Ten Tournament in Goff’s first year with the program.
“Greg is highly respected by our student-athletes and was an important part of Mark Wasikowski’s staff as we have worked to position Purdue baseball for sustained success,” Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski says. “He is a lifelong baseball person and an experienced and successful head coach who led multiple programs to their highest level of success. Greg understands Purdue and our expectations for academic and athletic success.”
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, helping lead the Bulldogs to an NCAA Regional bid. Montevallo was a DII College World Series qualifier under his guidance.
“It is an absolute privilege to lead the Baseball program at Purdue,” Goff says. “I take the responsibility of representing Purdue, our alumni and our players very seriously and gratefully. I am humbled to be a part of what Purdue is and what it means to be a Boilermaker. We are committed to build on the winning tradition that coaches such as Alexander, Schreiber and Waz have built.
“My family and I look forward to great things and to contribute to our Purdue baseball mission with great citizens, successful student-athletes, commitment to the community and of course, competing for championships at the national level. I want to thank Mike Bobinski and Dr. Ed Howat for their trust and confidence. My family and I appreciate and embrace this opportunity. Boiler Up!”
Along with bringing an upbeat personality to the dugout and contagious energy to his role as the first-base coach, Goff has helped numerous Boilermakers develop offensively the last two years. He has played a leading role in coaching the base running and outfield defense. He also filled in as the program's pitching coach for a few games during a 2018 home sweep of Michigan while Steve Holm was with his wife for the birth of their second child. Purdue has compiled a 28-15 record at Alexander since Goff joined the coaching staff, headlined by a program-record 13-game home win streak to close the 2018 campaign. That represents Purdue’s best two-year mark at home since 2011 to 2012.
Goff has coached nine future big leaguers and over 50 MLB Draft picks, highlighted by Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb while he was the pitching coach at Kentucky (2000-03). Longtime big leaguer and World Series champion Joe Blanton also pitched for Goff at Kentucky. San Diego Padres manager Andy Green also played for Kentucky when Goff was an assistant.
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 a Regional final at Mississippi State.
Goff's teams have 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. He has led his teams to some impressive turnarounds. In just two seasons, Louisiana Tech went from 15-35 the year before Goff's arrival to 42-20 in 2016, ending a 29-year NCAA Regional drought in the process. 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). Purdue’s win total also jumped from 29-27 in 2017 to 38-21 in Goff’s first year on the staff in 2018.
Along with his years as the pitching coach at Kentucky, Goff served as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State (1998-99) and his alma mater Delta State (1994-97) before becoming a head coach for the first time in the summer of 2003 at Montevallo. It was at SEMO in the late 1990s where he first worked with Wasikowski. They helped lead the RedHawks to an NCAA Regional in 1998.
In his two years at Purdue, Goff helped develop and organize new community events for the program like the preseason fan fest and first pitch dinner. Both events proved very popular and helped generate preseason interest going into the last two campaigns. He has also served as the director of Purdue baseball camps.
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.
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.
During the 2016-17 school year, Alabama’s 3.259 team grade-point average established a program record.
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. Kara plays softball at LSU.
Former Pepperdine recruiting coordinator and Indiana native Cooper Fouts joined Purdue baseball as an assistant coach in July 2018. After being hired by and working under Mark Wasikowski during the 2018-19 school year, Greg Goff chose to retain Fouts as an assistant when Goff was elevated to head coach at Purdue in June 2019.
Fouts has 14 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, highlighted by five seasons over two stints at Pepperdine (2011-12, 2016-18). At Purdue, Fouts leads the recruiting efforts alongside the rest of the Purdue staff. In addition, Fouts coaches and develops Boilermaker catchers and assists 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.
Catcher Zac Fascia threw out 18 base stealers in 2019, leading the Big Ten through the end of the regular season. The work of Bryce Bonner and Fascia behind the plate also helped the Purdue pitchers set single-season team records for strikeouts (477) and Ks per nine innings (9.10).
Two of the Boilermakers' National Letter of Intent signees were selected in the first seven rounds of the 2019 MLB Draft.
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 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.
Indiana native Chris Marx joined Purdue baseball as the Boilermakers’ pitching coach in June 2019.
Marx brought 12 seasons of collegiate coaching experience to West Lafayette. He has served as both a pitching coach and hitting coach, and was the recruiting coordinator at both Arkansas-Little Rock and Campbell. The Evansville native was also an assistant at Southern Indiana when USI won the 2010 NCAA Division II national title.
Marx helped lead Campbell to back-to-back Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles the last two years. The Fighting Camels represented the Big South at NCAA Regionals hosted by Georgia and East Carolina. They were Regional finalists in 2019 after winning their first two games in Greenville.
Marx was part of Justin Haire’s staff at Campbell. Haire spent seven seasons on Greg Goff’s staff at Campbell, succeeding Goff as head coach after Louisiana Tech hired Goff in the summer of 2014. Marx joined Campbell that same summer. Originally serving as the hitting coach, Marx made the transition to pitching coach in time for the 2018 campaign. The Camels compiled a 72-47 record (40-13 Big South) the last two years, winning at least 35 games both seasons.
Campbell had a program-record four players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft. Led by first-rounder Seth Johnson, a right-handed pitcher selected 40th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays, three were picked in the first nine rounds. Closer Tyson Messer was drafted in the ninth round by the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros selected 2019 Big South Pitcher of the Year Michael Horrell in the 30th round. The Astros also drafted Campbell’s top hitter, Matthew Barefoot, in the sixth round. Along with racking up 30 home runs and 228 hits over his three seasons at CU, Barefoot also pitched in 16 games.
Marx’s recruits earned Freshman All-American honors each of the last three seasons. He coached Allan Winans to Big South Pitcher of the Year honors in 2018. Winans was drafted in the 17th round by the New York Mets.
Campbell’s pitching staff led the Big South in eight statistical categories in both 2018 and 2019. The 2018 team set a program record with 543 strikeouts, racking up 111 more than the previous benchmark. The staff had 511 Ks in 2019. As the pitching coach at Little Rock in 2014, the Trojans set a program record for team ERA. His final recruiting class at UALR featured three MLB draft picks, a feat he duplicated two years later at Campbell.
Marx began his coaching career in his hometown as a graduate assistant at Southern Indiana in the fall of 2007. USI’s national championship team won a school-record 52 games and set team benchmarks for hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and runs scored. The Screaming Eagles hit 48 home runs in 2009 and 49 in 2010.
Marx made the move to Little Rock in time for the 2012 season. UALR led the nation in home runs per game in 2012 while hitting a program-record 66 (in 54 games) and leading the Sun Belt Conference in nine statistical categories. The Trojans were again among the top 10 nationally in homers (55) the following year.
Marx’s move to Campbell coincided with a power surge for the Camels. They won 32 games in 2015 while posting the program’s top home run total since 2010. Cole Hallum was named the Big South Player of the Year after hitting 12 homers. Outfielder Cedric Mullins (80 hits) and catcher Steven Leonard (29 steals) were both drafted. Drew Butler led the nation with 39 stolen bases in 2017.
Marx played collegiately at Olney Central College (2004-05) and Ouachita Baptist University (2006-07). Highlighted by a 50-win season for an OBU team that climbed to No. 1 in the NCAA DII rankings in 2007, he was part of school-record win totals all four years. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Indiana.
Marx and his wife, Niki, have two children, Clayton and Maddox.
Director of Baseball Operations
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).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alumnus Harry Shipley returned to campus as an assistant coach to complete the Purdue baseball coaching staff for the 2019-20 school year. He was hired in June 2019.
Shipley was a four-year starting shortstop for the Boilermakers from 2015 to 2018, missing only one game during his career. He played over 1,000 innings at shortstop defensively as an upperclassman. He ranks fourth in program history with 222 games played, starting all at shortstop.
Shipley graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-professional health and human sciences (pre-med). He was among the seven Boilermakers to be presented their diplomas by university president Mitch Daniels at Alexander Field before the May 15 win vs. Oral Roberts. Purdue was victorious that night during a 13-game home win streak to close the regular season, with the program-record streak highlighting a 21-2 stretch from April 20 to May 26.
Shipley works with the Purdue infielders, assist with hitting instruction and serve as a lead organizer for camps at Alexander Field.
Shipley had been working in Chicago as a software implementation specialist at an automotive software company, instructing finance managers and accounting staff at car dealerships around the country how to use the products and streamline their processes in the dealership.
Shipley graduated as the Boilermakers’ record holder with 78 career hit by pitch. He also ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in stolen bases (51, 6th) at-bats (749, 7th), walks (100, 13th) and runs scored (138, 14th). The Fishers, Indiana, native is the only player in program history with 50 steals and 100 walks.
Shipley was a constant at shortstop while playing for head coaches Doug Schreiber as an underclassman and Mark Wasikowski as an upperclassman. Shipley’s senior season was his finest. It was also Goff’s first year on the coaching staff. Purdue won 38 games, finished second in the Big Ten standings and earned a No. 2 seed at an NCAA Regional. He posted career bests for batting average, hits, runs, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage as a senior. His excellence as the team’s leadoff hitter coupled with his consistency at shortstop earned him team MVP honors from the coaching staff.
Shipley hit safely in six of Purdue’s seven postseason games in 2018, scoring three times in victories vs. Illinois and North Carolina A&T. He had a career-high five RBI in the Big Ten Tournament opener vs. Ohio State and was among the six Boilermakers selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. He was also Academic All-Big Ten as a senior.
Shipley was the only freshman of Schreiber’s tenure (1999-2016) to start every game of a season. He batted .274 with a .404 on-base percentage that year. In 2016, he posted a career-best .970 fielding percentage. His class was a big part of the program-record 19-win improvement from 2016 to 2017. He had 24 stolen bases as a junior, registering the first 20-steal season by a Boilermaker since 2005. He also broke Purdue’s all-time hit by pitch record before the end of his junior campaign.
Shipley finished his career with 657 defensive assists and contributed to 131 double plays. He posted a .970 fielding percentage while playing all 207 innings at shortstop during the memorable 21-2 stretch during his senior season. In fact, he was the only Boilermaker to play shortstop at any point during the 2018 campaign. Shipley was not in the field at shortstop for only two of the 1,020 innings Purdue played during his upperclassman years.