Ray Goff
Biographical details
Born (1955-07-10) July 10, 1955 (age 67)
Moultrie, Georgia
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980South Carolina (assistant)
1981–1988Georgia (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors

Ray Goff (born July 10, 1955) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Georgia from 1989 to 1995, compiling a record of 46–34–1.

Playing career

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.

Coaching career

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. 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.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1989–1995)
1989 Georgia 6–6 4–3 4th L Peach
1990 Georgia 4–7 2–5 7th
1991 Georgia 9–3 4–3 4th W Independence 19 17
1992 Georgia 10–2 6–2 T–1st (Eastern) W Florida Citrus 8 8
1993 Georgia 5–6 2–6 4th (Eastern)
1994 Georgia 6–4–1 3–4–1 4th (Eastern)
1995 Georgia 6–6 3–5 3rd (Eastern) L Peach
Georgia: 46–34–1 24–28–1
Total: 46–34–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


They've gone out on a limb, there's no doubt about it.

— Goff, after his hiring in 1989[1]

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.

— Vince Dooley, Georgia Bulldogs football head coach during Ray Goff's collegiate career.[2]


  1. ^ "Georgia Names Goff To Replace Dooley". The New York Times. January 3, 1989. Retrieved January 5, 2007.
  2. ^ Sharpe, Wilton (2005). "Chapter 3". Bulldog Madness: Great Eras in Georgia Football. Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House. p. 52. ISBN 1-58182-447-5.