Murray State Baseball announced the official coaching staff for the 2022 season on Friday, Jan. 28 with the additions of Cooper Goen and Austin Long. Goen and Long join the head coach Dan Skirka as well as assistant coach Tanner Gordon.
Goen joins the Racers as an assistant coach and will primarily coach catchers, assist on offense and oversee campus recruiting. Before Murray State, Goen worked with Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., where he helped get their best record in five years and placed a catcher on the Horizon League All-Freshman team.
A native of Austin, Texas, Goen also spent a year at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in a similar role, coaching catchers, hitters and base runners while serving as a bench coach. match days.
Prior to coaching, he played baseball at Texas Christian University from 2016-2019 and was on two College World Series teams.
Long joins the Racers as a volunteer assistant where he will primarily serve as an outfield coach and bench coach on game days.
Prior to Murray State, Long was head baseball coach at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2018-21. While at CCAC, Long led the Wildcats to Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference titles in 2018 and 2019, while also leading the league in ERA and batting average in 2019. He was named Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019. During his tenure with the Wildcats, more than two dozen players have signed with a four-year school.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Long graduated from La Roche University in 2011 where he was a member of the baseball team for two seasons. Prior to playing at La Roche, Long was a member of the University of Waynesburg baseball team for two seasons. Long also holds a full-time position as a career services counselor at Southern University.
In addition to new coaching hires, coaches Tanner Gordon was named recruiting coordinator while continuing to serve as a pitching coach for the Racers. During his tenure with the team, Gordon was instrumental in growing the Racers’ pitching staff; 2022 will be Gordon’s fourth with the Murray State program.
“We are delighted to officially announce our coaching staff for 2022,” the head coach said. Dan Skirka noted. “These staff bring an energy and dedication to this program that is hard to find, and we are certainly happy to have each of them.”
The Racers baseball team will hold its first open scrimmages of the spring throughout the weekend (January 29-31) starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and a first pitch at 2:30 p.m. Monday.