Skyhawk Baseball | Brad Goss - Interim Head Coach
Brad Goss was appointed UT Martin’s interim head baseball coach on Sept. 4, 2013.
A nine-year member of the Skyhawk coaching staff, Goss became the university’s first-ever full-time assistant baseball coach in 2007-2008, when Cates tabbed him for the job. Goss had spent the previous year as a volunteer assistant at UT Martin and two years before that as a graduate assistant.
As the Skyhawks’ hitting and third base coach, Goss worked to develop the hitters, train the catchers and spent five years as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Goss has been an influential member of the resurgence of the Skyhawk baseball program over the last four years. With Goss as an assistant, the Skyhawks have produced either a Major League Baseball draftee or a MLB free agent signee in four straight years. In 2010, Wes Alsup signed with the Atlanta Braves organization after setting the UT Martin single-season record with seven saves. One year later, infielder Trey Karlen was drafted in the 33rd round by the Washington Nationals after becoming the first player in program history to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 50 bases in a career. Then in June 2012, Alec Mills was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round after he ranked amongst the Ohio Valley Conference leaders in innings pitched (6.36 per game), strikeouts (74), least walks (2.63 per game) and ERA (3.94). Dan Tobik was then chosen by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 39th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Despite spending two of his seasons as a full-time starter, the 6-4 right-hander is the Skyhawks’ all-time saves leader with eight. He also ranks second in UT Martin history in career strikeouts (263) and appearances (80) while ranking third in innings pitched (275.0) and seventh in games started (30).
In 2012, Goss coached one of the program’s all-time greats in Jordan Owen. He ranked first in UT Martin history in games played (204), second in hits (224), home runs (35) and at-bats (742), third in doubles (43) and runs batted in (134), fourth in triples (seven) and eighth in runs scored (112).
Goss also helped mentor Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomers Sonny Mastromatteo and Nico Zych during the 2012 campaign.
In 2011, Goss and the Skyhawks broke five team records and made their second-ever appearance in the OVC Tournament, producing their first victory in the event with a 6-2 win over Eastern Kentucky on May 26. He also coached Phil Sorensen, who made the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team while earning OVC first team and All-Freshman honors.
UT Martin produced 24 wins in 2010, its most since joining the Division-I level in 1992-93. His hitters also broke the all-time school record for at-bats (1,901), hits (579), doubles (115), home runs (75), runs batted in (347), total bases (933) and times hit-by-pitch (60). The 2010 Skyhawk offense also ranks in the top-five all-time in runs scored (380, second), slugging percentage (.491, fifth), bases on balls (195, fifth), stolen bases (84, fifth), and hits per game (10.53, second).
In 2009, Goss helped lead the Skyhawks to their best Division-I regular-season finish (21-30) until the 2010 team broke the wins mark. UT Martin produced its most amount of OVC victories in a single-season (10) since joining the league in 1993. Under his tutelage, the Skyhawks set the all-time benchmark in UT Martin history in hits (572), home runs (57), total bases (865) and hits per game (11.22). The record for hits, home runs and total bases were later wiped out by the 2010 team.
Four of Goss’ hitters were named to the All-OVC postseason team in 2010, a single-season UT Martin record. Ty Nelson, Trey Karlen and Jordan Owen were named to the league’s second team, while Brent Morris was a member of the All-OVC freshman squad.
With Goss as an assistant coach, the team has produced some of its all-time great hitters. Cody Terry graduated as the program’s all-time leader in hits (226), runs scored (145) and doubles (47), while Wes Patterson tallied program highs in home runs (39) and RBI (171) while becoming one of three members in Skyhawk history to collect 200 career hits. A 2011 MLB Draft selection, Karlen became the program’s only player to amass 20-plus home runs (23) and 50-plus stolen bases (51), despite only playing two seasons.
Goss came to UT Martin from Arkansas Tech, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 and was a three-time All-Gulf South Conference selection for the Wonder Boys. A four-year starting catcher for Arkansas Tech, he played for his father Billy Goss and was named to the South Central All-Region team in 2003 and the GSC All-Tournament team in 2001. He was also a four-year member of the GSC Athletic Honor Roll.
At the time of his departure, Goss held eight Arkansas Tech career records, including most hits (220), runs scored (152), runs batted in (169), home runs (29), doubles (58), total bases (373), walks (110) and hit by pitch (39). He sported a .350 career batting average during his days at Tech.
In the summer of 2006, Goss coached in the Alaska Baseball League, where he assisted former San Diego Padre slugger and West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (AA) skipper Phil Plantier. As an assistant coach for the Athletes in Action Fire, he had the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s top prospects.
Goss earned his master’s degree in education from UT Martin in the fall of 2006. In July 2009, he married the former Anna Moore of Trezevant, Tenn., a 2007 graduate of UT Martin and second grade teacher. The couple resides in Martin.