Scott Googins begins his tenth season as the head coach for the Xavier baseball team in 2015. Googins, the 2009 ABCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year and 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, continues to produce winning Musketeer squads and is coming off a successful 2014 campaign with an overall record of 30-29, a BIG EAST Tournament championship, and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The skipper of the Musketeers holds a 260-262 (.498) career record at Xavier which ranks second among Xavier coaches for career wins in program history (John Morrey, 287 wins).
Player success has become a tradition for XU baseball during Googins' tenure, with eight players being drafted since 2005. The highest player ever drafted in school history, RHP Seth Willoughby, was taken in the 4th round (138th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2012. Other players to be drafted include Vinny Nittoli (25th round by the Seattle Mariners) in 2014, Ben Thomas (34th round by the San Francisco Giants) in 2011, Thomas Shirley (9th round by the Houston Astros) in 2010, Daniel Rosenbaum (22nd round by the Washington Nationals) in 2009, Charlie Leesman (11th round by the Chicago White Sox) and Danny Hayden (47th round by the Chicago White Sox) in 2008, Jordan Wolf (13th round by the Baltimore Orioles) in 2007 and Jay Johnson (13th round by the Boston Red Sox) in 2005.
Googins led Xavier to a 30-win season in 2014, the fourth of its kind in the last six years for XU, and helped the Musketeers eclipse 20-wins for the eighth-straight year. The 2014 team closed the season with a remarkable post season run, winning three-straight games to claim the BIG EAST Championship title and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. After falling to host-school Vanderbilt in the opening game, Xavier defeated Clemson for its second NCAA tournament win in school history. Xavier fell to Oregon in extra innings to end its season.
In 2013 Googins led the Musketeers to a 32-26 finish. The season concluded with a 6-1 record in the final seven regular-season games and a return to the Atlantic 10 tournament. XU finished one game out of first place in the A-10 regular season standings with a 16-8 conference record, but earned a four seed in the conference tournament. The record in conference play marked the seventh-straight winning A-10 record for Googins.
Xavier and Googins made a strong run in the Atlantic 10 tournament by defeating George Washington and top-seeded Saint Louis in their first two games. Tough losses to Charlotte, the tournament's host, and Saint Louis in an elimination game closed out the Musketeers' final season in the A-10 with a 32-26 overall record and a third-place tournament finish.
In 2012, Googins led the Musketeers to a 28-28 record overall and a 13-11 record in conference play. After strong non-conference wins at No. 4 North Carolina and two against Michigan, Googins and Xavier finished 2012 with a 10-5 record in their final 15 games and just missed making the Atlantic 10 Tournament for a sixth-straight year.
Googins led the 2011 Musketeers to their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Tournament, fifth-straight 20-win season and second 30-win season in three years. The 2011 edition of the Musketeers boasted five players earning Atlantic 10 honors including conference Player of the Year, Ben Thomas. Thomas became Xavier's all-time leader in homeruns and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.
In 2010, XU saw six players honored by the Atlantic 10 and junior pitcher Tommy Shirley was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros.
In 2009, the Musketeers tallied a program-best 39 wins and posted an overall winning percentage of .650 (39-21), third-best in the record books. In conference play, Xavier went 18-9, one win shy of tying the record for A-10 wins set in 2008. XU went 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 Championship to capture its first-ever tournament crown and earned the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Six Musketeers were named to the 2009 A-10 All-Tournament team, including Billy O'Conner who was named Tournament MVP. Four Musketeers earned mentioned on A-10 All-Conference teams following the regular season, including Jordan Conley who was the first XU player to ever make both the First Team (relief pitcher) and the Second Team (short stop) rosters.
Googins led the 2009 Musketeers to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament win, a 9-6 victory over Sam Houston State, in the Houston Regional hosted by Rice. Bobby Freking earned a spot on the All-Regional team and following the season Ben Thomas earned mentioned on the ABCA All-Mideast Region Second Team.
In 2009 XU set new school records in: at bats (2135), runs scored (445), hits (663), doubles (114), RBI (396), innings pitched (534.0), pitching strikeouts (446) and saves (14). Thomas tied the school record for home runs in a season with 16 and Conley eclipsed his own school record for saves in a season which was set in 2008 as he posted 13. Conley's two-year saves total of 23 set the new XU career saves mark as well.
Following the 2009 season, Danny Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player draft by the Washington Nationals. Rosenbaum was the 652nd pick overall, making it the third consecutive year and fourth time since 2005 a Musketeer had been chosen in the draft. Two other Musketeers were picked up as free agents: Billy O'Conner and Jordan Conley.
The Musketeers made it to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2008 for the first time in school history after winning the team's second all-time A-10 regular season title. XU won a record-breaking 19 conference games and did not lose a single A-10 series.
Overall, the team finished 27-31 after playing am extremely tough non-conference schedule that included eight games versus nationally ranked opponents, and posted a stellar 19-8 A-10 mark. For his outstanding leadership, Googins was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. As a team, the Musketeers recorded new school records in hits (587), strikeouts (414) and tied the school record for saves with 12 in 2008. The team also tallied a program second-best mark in at bats (2050), doubles (109) and innings pitched (520.0).
Two Musketeers were drafted in 2008, including Charlie Leesman who was selected in the 11th round as the 330th pick by the Chicago White Sox, the second highest draft pick in school history. Additionally, Michael Lucas was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
In just his second season as the head coach, Googins guided his squad to the most conference wins in school history (17) at the time, while the team also set a new mark by sweeping four A-10 series in 2007. As a team, Xavier finished with a 29-31 record overall and a 17-10 mark in conference play. The 29 wins tied for the fifth most in school history and the team also won two games in the A-10 Championship, which was the most by any Musketeer squad in five trips. The trip to the A-10 Championship marked the first appearance for XU since the 2003 season.
After starting the 2007 campaign with a 4-18 record, Googins engineered one of the best turnarounds in school history as the Blue and White proceeded to go 17-3 over the next 20 games. Xavier would end the season with a 25-13 record and earn a No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship.
Additionally, the 2007 squad broke its previous school record in fielding percentage, marking two of the three best fielding percentages in school history over Googins' first two seasons. The Blue and White also finished the year tops in school history for at bats (2052), hits (561), saves (12) and innings pitched (523.0).
Not only did school records fall but Xavier tied a seven-year-old NCAA record for most hits in the second inning at Richmond as XU tallied 12 hits (all singles and doubles) to score 14 runs. The Musketeers followed that performance with a 23-run effort at Toledo, which ranked tied for third-most in school history.
The end to a great season saw Xavier senior Jordan Wolf become the fourth highest Musketeer to be drafted as he was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round. For his efforts during the year, Wolf was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team.
In his first season as skipper, Googins led the Musketeers to a 19-37 mark overall and a 9-18 record in Atlantic 10 play.
As a team in 2006, XU recorded the program's second-best fielding percentage of all time at .964. The 2006 squad also produced high marks in hits (482), walks (227), total bases (660) and triples (nine). Googins stepped into his role after spending the 2005 season as an assistant coach for the Musketeers. The 2005 campaign saw Xavier send its first player into the MLB Draft since 2001 and place one player on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team after notching a 19-35 record and a 9-15 mark in the A-10.
In four seasons at Miami (Ohio), Googins was an integral part of the RedHawks' success. While at Miami, Googins was a part of four straight Mid-American Conference Tournament appearances. With outfield being his primary focus, he saw two of his players leave for the professional ranks with one garnering All-American honors before his departure. Googins was also in charge of academics, travel and field maintenance. The team recorded an overall 2.88 grade-point average, the highest among men's teams at Miami.
Before coming to Miami (Ohio), Googins had an eight-year stint as an assistant coach with Indiana University. During his time at IU, he was a part of the 1996 Big 10 Championship team and traveled to the Wichita State Regional for the NCAA Tournament. He was responsible for the coaching and conditioning of the Hoosier catchers and assisted with the outfielders and hitters. While his in-game duties included first base coach, off the field Googins assisted in the recruiting process, facility and field maintenance, academic progress, and the supervision of student managers.
The Granville, Ohio, native was a catcher at Ohio Wesleyan. He and his wife, Jody, a former Xavier volleyball standout, have a daughter, Ellie, and two sons, Tommy and Charlie.