Tallahassee, Fla.--A day before Auburn's regional opener against UCF there is news surrounding the program as second-year assistant Brad Bohannon has accepted the job as Alabama's Head Baseball Coach.
Firing Greg Goff following a five-win SEC season after only one year on the job, Alabama came calling for Bohannon and it was an opportunity that he couldn't pass up.
Always known as a strong recruiter and coach, the Rome, Ga., native came to Auburn from the University of Kentucky where he helped the Wildcats build one of the most stable programs in the SEC.
Bohannon was named the 2015 Baseball America and American Baseball Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year. That came from his final season at Kentucky, where he was on the staff for a dozen years. Prior to that he coached at Wake Forest.
With his history in the Southeastern Conference and one of the most well-liked guys in the business, Auburn's Butch Thompson should have a long list of candidates to fill the position.
Alabama's athletic director, Greg Byrne, announced the hire saying, "I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Brad Bohannon to be our new head baseball coach at The University of Alabama. As we began the search and studied our successful rosters from the past regional and College World Series teams, it became apparent that we needed our head coach to be very strong in recruiting in the state Alabama, the Southeast and then completing the roster with national recruits. The vision that Brad shared for Alabama baseball matched that recruiting philosophy and coupled it with a great coaching pedigree and a commitment to the student-athlete, both as a baseball player and as a well-rounded student."
Bohannon issued a statement saying, "This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to get started," said Bohannon. "My goal is to make The University of Alabama the best baseball experience in the country. We're going to recruit at the highest level, coach and develop our student-athletes and create a positive team culture that ultimately will help us to be successful."