Cliff Godwin
Cliff Godwin

Position:
Assistant Coach


07/11/2014

Rebels Announce Mike Clement As Hitting Coach

Clement Joins Rebels After Two Seasons At Kansas State

05/22/2014

No. 10 Rebels Down No. 19 Vanderbilt 7-2

Rebels Advance To Face Arkansas Or LSU Friday At 3 P.M.

01/27/2014

Allen Ready To Lead Rebels In 2014

Senior Catcher Excited For Final Campaign

02/14/2012

Rebels Look To Veterans, New Faces In 2012 Campaign

Ole Miss Looks For Returning Players, Third Ranked Class To Meld In 2012

02/13/2012

Ole Miss Baseball Media Day: 02.13.12

Head Coach Mike Bianco Met With The Media On Monday

Cliff Godwin begins his third season as an assistant coach with the Rebels in 2014 after joining the Ole Miss coaching staff in the summer of 2011 as the hitting coach.

In his first year working with the Rebel hitters, Godwin coached an Ole Miss offense that finished second in the Southeastern Conference in batting average and helped develop two All-SEC hitters in Matt Snyder and Alex Yarbrough. Yarbrough was named a first team All-America selection after hitting .380 on the year and finishing second in the SEC in batting. Both players finished in the top 10 in the SEC in batting average and slugging percentage among other offensive categories before being drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft. Zach Kirksey was also drafted after finishing fourth in the SEC in home runs his senior season.

This past season, Godwin continued to develop some of the top hitters in recent proram history and mentored Johnny Bench Award winner Stuart Turner. Turner became the first catcher to win the award from Ole Miss after hitting .374 on the season and throwing out 52 percent of base runners on steal attempts.

Prior to joining the Rebels, Godwin spent three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Central Florida, where he ran the Knights' offense and also served as the recruiting coordinator.

In his time as an assistant coach on the Division I level, Godwin has worked with 44 players who have gone on to the professional ranks.

In his three years at UCF, Godwin helped put the Golden Knights on the map with the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2010 and a top-20 class in 2011. Godwin helped lead the Knights back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 for the first time since 2004. His offense led C-USA in home runs, slugging percentage, hits, runs, RBI and doubles. UCF was paced by a pair of sluggers in All-C-USA first team selection Jonathan Griffin and All-America selection D.J. Hicks. Hicks was also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top player.

He also helped coach catcher Beau Taylor, who was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch list, the award given annually to the nation's top catcher.

In 2010, Godwin was named the C-USA Assistant Coach of the Year by SEBaseball.com, as he helped the Knights' hit a school record and C-USA record .343 clip. The squad also posted 78 home runs and a .538 slugging percentage, both school records.

That season, Godwin also coached Chris Duffy to a .447 average (up from a career average of .283 in the previous three seasons) as the outfielder turned in an .850 slugging percentage with 21 home runs and 81 RBI to set UCF records in both categories. Duffy was named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and was named an All-America selection while claiming first team All-C-USA honors. Godwin also coached Chris Taladay to C-USA Freshman of the Year honors. Taladay also earned Freshman All-America honors along with Ryan Breen.

Godwin played at East Carolina from 1997-2001 and helped the Pirates claim a pair of CAA Tournament titles as he served three years as the team captain. He helped lead East Carolina to three NCAA Regionals and a 2001 NCAA Super Regional berth. His senior season, he claimed first team All-Conference and All-East Region honors while being selected as a two-time Academic All-American.

After finishing his collegiate career, Godwin spent two seasons playing professionally with the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League before getting back into the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Kinston High School in 2003. Since then, he has continued to climb the coaching ranks with stops at UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, LSU and most recently his three years at Central Florida.

Godwin made a splash immediately in the coaching ranks, helping lead UNC-Wilmington to the program's first Colonial Athletic Association Championship and an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Regional Championship.

From there, Godwin moved to Vanderbilt where he served as the Commodores' Director of Baseball Operations for two seasons before moving to Notre Dame as an assistant coach under then head coach Paul Manieri for the 2006 season.

As a part of the Notre Dame coaching staff, Godwin helped the Fighting Irish hit at a .313 clip and claim the Big East Tournament Title to go along with a berth in the NCAA Lexington Regional. He coached Craig Cooper to All-America and Big East Player of the Year honors on the way to becoming a seventh-round draft pick.

Prior to coming to UCF, Godwin helped the LSU offense hit .306 in 2008 with 100 homers and 95 stolen bases. The squad recorded at least 10 runs in a game 20 times and posted a .509 slugging percentage. Towards the end of the season and including the NCAA Tournament, LSU posted a 23-game winning streak en route to a trip to Omaha and the College World Series.

The Tigers were paced by Baseball America First Team All-American Blake Dean, who batted .353 and had 73 RBI. The sophomore was the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Most Outstanding Player and the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Meanwhile, first baseman Matt Clark, who led the nation with 28 dingers, went in the 12th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.

Godwin was also responsible for developing LSU catcher Micah Gibbs into a 2008 Freshman All-American for the Tigers. Gibbs eventually served as the starting catcher for the United States National Team that went undefeated and took gold at the 2008 World Championships, and he later was drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Godwin also mentored a pair of LSU hitters who were selected in the top two rounds of the 2009 draft, as Jared Mitchell was taken in the first round and DJ LeMahieu heard his name called in the second round.

Godwin helped build the top ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2007 for LSU, according to Collegiate Baseball magazine. That class featured nine signees selected in that season's MLB Draft.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Aug. 31

      Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Athletics

      This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more

    • Kiffin Pleased with Defensive Line Progress

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Football

      Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Volleyball Day One

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Volleyball

      THE SEASON: Volleyball - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more