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.
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- 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.