Cliff Godwin’s success at East Carolina and his Southeastern Conference connections have made him a coach of interest in LSU’s search for a successor to Paul Mainieri.
Godwin was an assistant at LSU from 2006 to 2008.
D1Baseball.com has reported that former Oregon State coach Paul Casey has moved to the top of the field of candidates to replace Mainieri after Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan stated he was not leaving the Gators.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco and Godwin have been reported as potential replacements for Mainieri in whom LSU administrators have interest.
Godwin’s dad, Lewis, said that Texas A&M sent a 4-man team to Greenville during the regional last week to gauge Godwin’s interest in the Aggies’ coaching vacancy. Godwin declined to pursue the Texas A&M job and the Aggies subsequently hired Texas Christian coach Jim Schlossnagle on Wednesday.
Godwin was an assistant at Ole Miss from 2011 to 2014.
“Ole Miss and LSU are the only jobs he would consider,” said Lewis Godwin.
Mainieri reportedly is making $1.225 million annually at LSU. Godwin’s annual salary at ECU is approximately $400,000.
The elder Godwin said his son was focused exclusively on the Super Regional at Vanderbillt at present. Godwin has 258 wins in seven seasons at ECU and the Pirates are in their third Super Regional under his direction.
Godwin was named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in 2021 as the Pirates won the league’s regular season championship.
Godwin has an expressed goal of reaching the College World Series with the Pirates and retiring the No.,23 that he wears in honor of the memory of his former ECU coach, Keith LeClair, who was intent on guiding the program to Omaha.
Godwin went to the CWS as an assistant at LSU in 2008 and with Ole Miss in 2014.