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Potential Candidates To Replace Henderson

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Bohannon (UK Athletics)

It’s time to look towards a new head of Kentucky Baseball. Gary Henderson led the team from 2009-16 and was an assistant from 2004-2009. Henderson took the team to two regionals but faltered in his final couple years at the helm. As an SEC program, UK will need to find someone who can recruit and coach against the likes of Tim Corbin and Paul Mainieri. It won’t be easy to find someone who can change the face of the program, but these names are a start.

Obvious Candidates

Brad Bohannon- Assistant at Auburn

Bohannon was the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year in his final season at UK. He spent 12 seasons at UK before joining Butch Thompson’s staff in 2016. Bohannon is an excellent recruiter who was well liked by players and fans alike. He brought in some of the top talent from Canada and United States to UK and was the key cog in getting guys to the next level. He will be one of the first calls that Barhart makes as UK looks for a new coach.

Greg Goff- Head Coach at Louisiana Tech

Goff was the pitching coach under Keith Madison from 1999-2003. He has built a great program in one year at LaTech and won 40 games three straight years at Campbell from 2012 to 2014. Perfect Game named him one of the top ten rising coaches in the NCAA. LaTech made the NCAA Tournament in his second year at the helm.

Rick Eckstein- Assistant at UK

Barnhart will probably talk to Eckstein and Keith Vorhoff first. Eckstein has been a big league hitting coach with the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels and coached in the 2008 Olympics. His brother is World Series hero David Eckstein.

Brian Green- Heach Coach at New Mexico State

Green led UK’s offense to a breakout season in 2014 and then took a job at his alma mater afterwards. He took NMSU from a 10-39-1 record to a 34-23 season in 2016.

Matt Bragga- Head Coach at Tennessee Tech

Bragga is a former BatCat that has found success in the coaching field. He turned TTU into a solid program in his 12 years in the OVC. Bragga has been named OVC Coach of the Year twice at TTU.

Travis Jewett (Vanderbilt Athletics)

Travis Jewett (Vanderbilt Athletics)

Longshots

Travis Jewett- Assistant at Vanderbilt

Jewett is in the top tier of assistants in the country. He brought in and developed the likes of Dansby Swanson and Jeren Kendall. Jewett has been the hitting coach for a College World Series winning team and helped lead Arizona State to a Pac-12 title in 2010. He is usually one of the first names in coaching searches across the country.

Chris Burke- ESPN Commentator and former MLB Player

Yeah, it’s kind of strange, but hear me out. Burke is hitting genius. Burke interviewed with Tennessee several years ago before they went with Dave Serrano. He has worked with several players on UK’s team before and would be a great hitting coach at the very least.

Andy Cannizaro- Assistant at LSU

Cannizaro is a young guy who might jump at the opportunity to run his own program. He played and scouted for the Yankees before coming on as a recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at LSU.

Keep in mind this is just a preemptive list. There will be names from across the country popping up as the search begins. We will have updates on the search as the week goes on.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

4 Comments for Potential Candidates To Replace Henderson



  1. rickwhitetx
    11:02 am June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Super Duper Longshot – Augie Garrido. Augie just stepped down at Texas with 1,975 total career wins and 5 national championships. Mitch should at least spend a dime and give him a call. A couple of years at UK grooming the next head coach and getting over the 2,000 win hump puts Kentucky on the college baseball map for sure.

    Chance of it happening … probably less than zero. But, you never know if you don’t ask.



  2. UKInsider
    2:52 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Response to the candidates:

    -Goff – no thanks; I don’t want anyone from the Madison era
    -Eckstein – limited college coaching experience
    -Bohannon – Yes! great recruiter but would he be interested in returning to the program he just left? He’s already secured recruits that were looking at UK and are now committed to Auburn
    -Green was an AWFUL hitting coach at UK, the offense regressed under his tutelage, and now he is competing in conference with altitude issues that inflate offense. Last I checked, his offense was mediocre. STAY AWAY.
    -Cannizaro and Jewett are interesting – Good pedigrees from GREAT programs

    I’d love to see Barnhart reach out to Josh Holliday. He has the pedigree, connections, and has successfully recruited at a high level at ASU, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Vandy. He’s making $450k.

    Regardless, the next coach needs to lock down Kentucky recruits, continue to mine Ohio, and further penetrate Illinois, Indiana, and Georgia. Once the talent is here, the coach needs to assemble a staff that can develop players and has an in-game strategy closer to Cohen than Henderson



  3. DACats86
    6:46 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    IMO, I will be surprised if it’s anyone other than Bohannon, and I think that a significant portion of the baseball coach’s salary should be carved out of Matthew Mitchell’s excessive salary.