Goodridge Takes Reigns of Men’s Volleyball Program
Jul 23, 2010
BANNER ELK, N.C. -- James Goodridge has been handed the reigns
of the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball program effectively
immediately, Athletic Director Craig McPhail announced Friday.
Goodridge comes to Lees-McRae via Conference Carolinas opponent,
Mount Olive College, where he took the Trojans women's team, as the
interim head coach, to 2008 Conference Carolinas Tournament Finals
as the fifth seed. Goodridge's Trojans upset the Lady Bobcats, who
were the fourth seed, in the second round of the tournament. Prior
to that season, the Bobcats had won ten of the last ten conference
tournaments. During the following men's season, Goodridge was named
Associate Head of the Trojans.
Before joining Mount Olive's staff, Goodridge spent time at
Springfield College as the assistant men's and women's coach and as
the head coach of Florida State Univeristy's men's club team.
Goodridge graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport
Management from Florida State in 2006 and received his Master of
Arts in Sport and Fitness from University of Central Florida.
"James brings an understanding of men's volleyball within our
conference and has the abilities to help us work on the vision of
being one of the preeminent men's volleyball programs in the
country," McPhail said. "With what Coach Petrik and Coach
Schneider have started, I am confident in James' abilities to help
get Lees-McRae College recognized amongst the best. His experience
in the US Armed Forces, the master's degree in sports leadership
and his discipline in being a team player were key traits I felt
made him someone we needed on our staff."