Adam Godwin is one of the most successful baseball prospects that Enterprise High School ever developed and after a 15-year professional playing and coaching career, Godwin accepted a role with his alma mater Troy in January.
Godwin graduated from Troy in 2006 as one of the school’s most prolific hitters and base runners ever. That college success led to a long career, as both player and coach, at the minor league level, but initially Godwin strived to be a basketball star instead.
“I was highly involved with the basketball team and that was really my focus,” Godwin said. “Coach (Tim) Hulsey came to a game to see one of my best friends pitch and I was playing second base or something.
“I had a good game and I got a call that night and it was him offering me a baseball scholarship (to Enterprise State Community College).”
Godwin said the thought of playing college baseball had never crossed his mind until then and it caught him off guard.
“I had my mind set that I wanted to play college basketball,” Godwin emphasized. “He said to me, ‘How many 6-foot-nothing guys are in the NBA’ and then asked me how many were in pro baseball. He told me I really should consider it and that just stuck with me. I talked with my parents about it and committed to baseball and really never looked back from there.”
Godwin – who was on hand when Hulsey was inducted into the Alabama Coaches Hall of Fame earlier this year – said that Hulsey meant a lot to him.
“Coach Hulsey meant everything to me,” he flatly said. “He was the first person to give me an opportunity.”
Godwin said that his memories of Enterprise have also stuck with him and that some of his fondest memories are of being around the EHS football program as a child.
“I have so many great memories at Enterprise,” Godwin said. “When I was young my dad was a football coach there, so I remember hanging around the team and carrying guys shoulder pads.
“I just really remember the great people there, which is what makes Enterprise special. The people there make the high school and the community so special.”
After a stellar career at ESCC, Godwin earned a scholarship to Troy and he only got better. At Troy, Godwin set a school-record for stolen bases and singles in a season in 2005 and is both the Troy and Atlantic Sun Conference career record holder in stolen bases despite only playing at Troy for two seasons.
Godwin was also the 2005 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and second-team All-American in 2005. He also led the entire nation in stolen bases as a senior.
Godwin’s success at Troy led to the Los Angeles Dodgers drafting him in the 11th Round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Godwin spent time at the Rookie, Single A and Double A level of pro baseball, and earned all-star honors in 2008 as a part of the Jacksonville Suns. Unfortunately, a severe elbow injury led to Tommy John surgery in 2009, but Godwin kept on competing and having success in the minor leagues.
In 2012, Godwin was named to the all-star team for the Lancaster Barnstormers when he boasted a .327 batting average. Godwin continued to play professional baseball through the 2014 season and then joined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a first and third base coach for their minor league teams the Bristol Pirates and Morgantown Black Bears.
He served as a base-running and outfield coach for the Bradenton Marauders in 2017 and 2018 and was a base-running coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2019.
“It was a great experience,” Godwin said of playing and coaching at the pro level. “When you’re in it you don’t look back and think too much on it. It’s just part of what you do.
“It’s a dream and a goal that you set for yourself and you’re just focused on reaching it. At the same time, I learned so much and have been around so many great people, mentors and friends and that’s never stopped. That’s been important to me, to continue to learn and grow.”
Godwin accepted the role of Director of Player Performance and Development at Troy in 2020.
“It was a home win for me,” Godwin said of returning to Troy. “It took me back home. It was just the right time and the right program for me.”
Godwin isn’t just returning to his alma mater, he said that Troy in his blood.
“My wife graduated from here, I graduated from here, my mother and father both went here,” Godwin continued. “My father coached here and I played here and my father-in-law is the chancellor here (Dr. Jack Hawkins).
“I felt like it was kind of a duty of mine to come back and help evolve and advance the culture here and to build something bigger than myself. It’s in my blood here.”
Godwin’s responsibilities include helping players on the academic side, on-campus recruiting and working with the Trackman System at Troy. Trackman is a sophisticated analytics system that helps quantify aspects of on-field performance in baseball and has become a huge part of the pro and now college baseball game.
“I’m kind of involved in all phases of the program outside of coaching on the field,” Godwin said.
While Godwin isn’t technically an on-field coach at Troy at the moment, the goal is to get there.
“I’ve been very blessed in the pro world to step off the field as a player and on as a coach right away,” Godwin said. “This was a unique opportunity for me to come here and to learn other aspects of the game and challenge myself to grow.
“I know that I can coach the X’s and O’s of the game and it has been fun for me, but at the same time I want to continue to push and challenge myself to learn other phases of the game to be a more complete coach.”
While Godwin and the rest of the Trojans saw the 2020 season come to a frustrating conclusion with the cancelation of the Sun Belt’s spring sports season following the outbreak of COVID-19 across the nation, Godwin has lofty goals for his time at Troy.
“I have a dream and a vision here that you will see the Troy Trojans in Omaha, Neb., (College World Series) one day and that’s the goal,” he emphasized. “I want to help build a culture here that is bigger than the individual.”