July 19, 1955 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1979–1980||South Carolina (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame|
Goff attended the University of Georgia, where he played quarterback from 1974–1976, leading the team to 19 wins over his final two seasons under coach Vince Dooley. As a player, he was named Southeastern Conference player of the year in 1976 when the team he captained won the SEC title. He was a three-year letterman at Georgia.
Goff served as an assistant coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks before returning to Georgia as an assistant in 1981. While an assistant at Georgia from 1981 to 1988, he held the positions of recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach and running backs coach, and earned a reputation as an excellent recruiter. When Dooley, the winningest coach in Georgia history, retired after the 1988 season, Goff — then a 33-year-old running backs coach — was the surprise choice to succeed him.
Head coaching career
Goff's tenure got off to a slow start, with just ten wins in his first two seasons, before reeling off nine wins in 1991 and ten in 1992; the latter campaign finished with Georgia ranked eighth by the Coaches Poll. Over the next three years, Goff's teams never again posted as many as seven wins, and he was fired in 1995. His teams only made brief appearances in the Coaches Poll in 1993, 1994 and 1995, reaching #13 in the 1993 preseason polls. Goff's 1995 team was on the receiving end of Steve Spurrier's "Half a Hundred Between the Hedges" game in which his Florida Gators team put up 52 points on the beleaguered Bulldogs. They were the first team to do so inside Sanford Stadium. L Spurrier, known for his colorful comments about other coaches, subsequently referred to Goff as "Ray Goof." This would prove to be one of the final straws in Goff's tenure at Georgia. He was fired at the end of the year having acquired a 6-6 record for the season. Georgia would return the favor some 20 years later in 2015, scoring the same 52 points on Spurrier's Gamecocks, ultimately getting the last laugh as Spurrier retired a few weeks later.
Head coaching record
|Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1989–1995)|
|1992||Georgia||10–2||6–2||T–1st (Eastern)||W Florida Citrus||8||8|
|1995||Georgia||6–6||3–5||3rd (Eastern)||L Peach|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
They've gone out on a limb, there's no doubt about it.— Goff, after his hiring in 1989
We never had a more effective option runner than Ray Goff. He appeared slow because of his size, but he was really pretty fast. He was a swivel-hipped runner with great leg strength.