Evan Goff will be the first non-Stromie head wrestling coach at West Forsyth.
Goff was announced as the Wolverines’ new coach by the school Wednesday, replacing Steven Stromie who stepped down after six seasons in charge after taking over the reins from his dad, Dennis, who started the program in 2007.
Goff has been at Colquitt County the past two seasons, and before that Roswell where he was head coach from 2009-15. While at Roswell, Goff led the Hornets to two area championships (2010, 2013) and two top 5 finishes at state (2011, 2013).
But he’s pretty familiar with the Wolverines already.
Roswell and West were in the same area in 2010 when the Hornets beat out Wolverines for the area duals title. A few weeks later, West returned the favor, defeating Roswell at the state duals in route to finishing third in Class 5A.
Goff eventually left Roswell for Colquitt County to help his parents with health problems. But with his parents now in good shape, Goff said he was eager to get back to the metro Atlanta area, where his two brothers live.
“I was looking for any good school that was looking for a head coach, had some tradition, was a strong athletic program and academic school,” Goff said. “West was at the top of both.”
Goff will take over a program that has produced strong individual achievements in recent years without the team success to match. Participation in the program waned last year, too, down to 20 wrestlers.
Goff thinks his experience at Colquitt will be beneficial. When he arrived, Colquitt had just 17 varsity wrestlers. Goff said that doubled during his two years. The Packers went from one state qualifier the previous three years to four in Goff’s first season and six this past season.
“I think it’s all about relationships,” Goff said. “It’s a tough sport. Showing the kids you’re enthusiastic, that you’re there with them through all the tough times.”
Goff plans to take a hands-on approach with West’s feeder program, encourage wrestlers to augment their development through near-by training facilities like Morris Fitness and The Compound and improve the program’s fund-raising to help wrestlers attend camps and attend more tournaments out of state.
“I do think we can get it going and light a fire under them,” Goff said. “I know it has potential.”