What Others Are Saying About Cliff Godwin



June 25, 2014

Here is what people in the baseball community are saying about Cliff Godwin.

"Cliff Godwin is the perfect person to lead the East Carolina baseball program. He will attack the recruiting trail and develop his players to their maximum potential as students, as athletes and as men. His relentless energy, tireless work ethic and passion for East Carolina is unmatched and will positively impact all players, administration, fans and alumni. Coach LeClair's dream for East Carolina to go to Omaha will become a reality under Cliff's leadership. He will make it happen because he is a champion and has been a winner his entire life. Today is a great day to be a Pirate and we all know that Coach LeClair is looking down and smiling. Congratulations to Cliff and to East Carolina University. Go Pirates!" - Erik Bakich, former ECU teammate and Michigan Head Baseball Coach

"Cliff is just a tremendous and passionate baseball person. I was fortunate to be around him for a year and a half at Vanderbilt, but knew of him from Keith LeClair, who I was very close with. Keith just voiced his opinion about his relentlessness as a worker, about his instincts for the game and his passion for people and kids. That was certainly the case when he was with my staff for just a short time. You could just see how he was going to grow in the profession. I think his timeline was to just get into a program that mirrored East Carolina, one that had a chance to play in Regionals, Super Regionals and a College World Series, and he has been a part of that. He has had stops at Notre Dame, LSU, UCF and now Ole Miss, and has been a part of a couple College World Series programs. There's a reason why those teams are going to College World Series while he is a staff member there. He loves recruiting, loves hitting and just loves the game, and he is a great fit for East Carolina." - Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt Head Baseball Coach

"For years, Cliff Godwin has been regarded as a rising star in the college coaching ranks, a can't-miss future standout head coach. His recruiting track record at major programs like LSU, UCF and Ole Miss speaks for itself - he is a gifted talent evaluator who develops hitters as well as any coach in college baseball. But the other thing that makes Godwin special is his presence. He is a natural leader, and his players gravitate toward him and love playing for him. East Carolina scored big with this hire." - Aaron Fitt, Baseball America National Collegiate Writer



"I'm so happy for Cliff to get this opportunity at East Carolina. I know by the way he always spoke to me of his experience there how much of an impact the baseball program, university and Coach LeClair had on his life. I'm sure this is a dream come true for him to be able to return to his alma mater to lead the baseball program. I'm certain he will do a fantastic job, as no one will ever outwork Cliff Godwin in any area of coaching, whether it is in recruiting or on-field coaching. Cliff will bring a high intensity to the program and influence the players there to play with that same desire and intensity. His players will take on the personality of their coach and be tough, hustle at all times, and leave it all out on the field." - Paul Mainieri, LSU Head Baseball Coach

"Cliff Godwin played for ECU during a real golden age for the program that produced Super Regional teams, conference champions, big leaguers and a half-dozen future college coaches. He knows what it means to win at ECU, what it takes to win in college baseball as a player and a coach and how to recruit. He's ideally suited to succeed in college baseball and specifically at East Carolina." - John Manuel, Baseball America Editor in Chief

"I've had the opportunity to interact with Cliff on numerous occasions and have always been very impressed with him. His relentless enthusiasm carries over to the field and the recruiting trail. Cliff is an outstanding choice to lead his alma mater as the next head baseball coach at East Carolina." - Kyle Peterson, ESPN College Baseball Analyst

"You look at the job that Cliff has done at Ole Miss with an aggressive offense. He is a charismatic individual that gets the very best out of his players. He has worked under some of the best coaches in college baseball with Paul Mainieri (LSU), Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt), Terry Rooney (UCF) and Mike Bianco (Ole Miss), not to mention playing under Keith LeClair at East Carolina. That is a really good set of coaches to learn from. Even beyond the coaching aspect on Cliff's part is his tenacity on the recruiting trail. He is at every tournament. He is a grinder and a guy that puts 100 percent into the job. From my prospective, with his background as a player and love that he has for Keith LeClair, the LeClair family and the Pirate Nation, this is an outstanding hire of a coach that will be welcomed back to East Carolina with opened arms." - Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game National Collegiate Writer

"Cliff is one of the best coaches and recruiters in the nation. His incredible ability to develop and relate to players, along with his relentless recruiting approach, has led to enormous success everywhere he has been. He is going to be an outstanding head coach and is the perfect choice to lead ECU Baseball.'' - Terry Rooney, UCF Head Baseball Coach

"Cliff has gained invaluable experience in every position an individual can work within college baseball. He was an outstanding student-athlete at East Carolina and has been an integral part of the success of each program he's worked in. I don't anticipate the results to be any different as he takes on the responsibilities of a head coach. He understands what it takes to develop successful student-athletes and has proven to be an outstanding recruiter and teacher of the game. Cliff Godwin is a tireless worker, with a true passion for coaching baseball and developing young men." - Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington Head Baseball Coach

"I'm pretty sure ECU got it right with Cliff. If you look at his track record, he's perfectly groomed to take over his own program and take it to the next level. When you've cut your teeth under coaches like Paul Mainieri, Tim Corbin and Mike Bianco, you can say you've been taught by the best. The fact that he's got a proven record on the recruiting trail is proof that he'll not only hold his own at ECU, but he'll fast-track the Pirates in short time." - Eric Sorenson, College Baseball Today

"Cliff Godwin is a tremendous hire for East Carolina. He has been a successful assistant at some of the top programs in the country and is an outstanding recruiter. He will continue to develop baseball student-athletes both on and off the field. The Pirates are bringing one of their own back and he will do a great job guiding the program in the years to come." - Ray Tanner, South Carolina Director of Athletics and former head coach

"Having played with Cliff at East Carolina and watching him throughout his coaching career, this is a great hire in bringing one of its own back to East Carolina. He is a leader and has always had the knack to get the best out of his teammates and players. While at ECU, he was a great player, but most importantly he was a leader and held everyone accountable for their actions both on and off the field. People spend their whole lives trying to become leaders, and Cliff had it naturally. He is a tireless worker and a great asset for ECU Baseball. Coach LeClair is smiling down from above today, and I know in my heart that he would be just as excited for Cliff as myself and others are." - Chad Tracy, Former Major Leaguer and teammate