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Alabama hires Auburn assistant Bohannon as baseball coach

Bohannon says his "goal is to make the University of Alabama the best baseball experience in the country." (abc3340.com)

Alabama has hired longtime Southeastern Conference assistant Brad Bohannon as head baseball coach.

Crimson Tide athletic director Greg Byrne announced the hiring on Thursday, and Bohannon will be introduced at a news conference on Monday.

He replaces Greg Goff, who was fired after winning just five Southeastern Conference games in his first season.

“As we began the search and studied our successful rosters from the past regional and College World Series teams," Byrne said, "it became apparent that we needed our head coach to be very strong in recruiting in the state Alabama, the Southeast and then completing the roster with national recruits. The vision that Brad shared for Alabama baseball matched that recruiting philosophy and coupled it with a great coaching pedigree and a commitment to the student-athlete, both as a baseball player and as a well-rounded student."

Bohannon was an assistant at Kentucky from 2004-15 and at Auburn the past two seasons. He was responsible for signing 13 Wildcat players who went on to professional baseball, including 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner A.J. Reed. Bohannon's first recruiting class at Auburn was ranked No. 9 by Collegiate Baseball and includes six current starting position players.

Bohannon says his "goal is to make the University of Alabama the best baseball experience in the country."

"We’re going to recruit at the highest level, coach and develop our student-athletes and create a positive team culture that ultimately will help us to be successful," Bohannon said. "Every aspect of our program will play an important part, and Alabama has incredible resources to help us reach our goals. I truly believe we can accomplish anything here.”

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