UC to hire XU's Scott Googins

UC to hire XU's Scott Googins
Xavier coach Scott Googins talks to his players as they warm up before an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against Vanderbilt on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati will name Scott Googins as their head baseball coach, multiple sources confirm to FOX19 NOW sports.

Googins led Xavier to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four years.

"Coach Googins is a proven winner and developer of talent and a perfect fit for the University of Cincinnati," athletic director Mike Bohn said. "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."

The Musketeers advanced to the regional championship round against Louisville in this year's tournament.

"My family and I are thrilled to be a part of the University of Cincinnati," said Googins. "It was not an easy decision to leave Xavier, a great institution where I have many connections. I am excited to be the head coach at UC, to get to know our team and grow with them, give our student-athletes a great experience and have fun playing baseball. There are talented players here who know how to play the game the right way and we are going to work hard. If being a student-athlete at UC is three or four years of our player's lives, I want it to be the best three or four years possible."

Googins will replace Ty Neal as head coach of the Bearcats.

Neal resigned during the American Conference tournament for what the university called personal reasons.

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