CINCINNATI -- The Bearcats didn't have to look far for their new baseball coach.
Scott Googins has been named the University of Cincinnati's baseball head coach, UC announced Tuesday. Googins had coached at Xavier University for 12 seasons.
Googins is Xavier's all-time winningest coach, with 341 wins, four NCAA Tournament appearances and six regular season or conference tournament championships.
"My family and I are thrilled to be a part of the University of Cincinnati," Googins said in a news release. "It was not an easy decision to leave Xavier, a great institution where I have many connections."
Googins has been named the 2008 Atlantic 10 coach of the year, 2009 ABCA Midwest region coach of the year and to the 2016 BIG EAST coaching staff of the year. Eleven of his players have been chosen in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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"Coach Googins is a proven winner and developer of talent and a perfect fit for the University of Cincinnati," UC Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said in a news release. "He is a coach with great passion for student-athletes, is highly regarded in the state of Ohio and possesses strong connections to pro scouts and leaders across baseball on the national scene. He is a man of character, integrity and has a deep desire to seek a new challenge and win championships in a competitive baseball conference. We are excited to welcome Scott, his wife Jody and their children, Ellie, Tommy and Charlie to our Bearcats family."