JACKSONVILLE – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay assistant Joseph Goodson has been named Jacksonville State's head volleyball coach, Athletics Director Warren Koegel announced on Thursday.
Goodson, who has spent the past four seasons at Green Bay, becomes just the Gamecocks' fifth head coach in program history. He replaces Rick Nold, who spent nine seasons at the helm before leaving in the spring to take the head coaching ob at Auburn.
"We are very excited to have Coach Goodson join the JSU family and take over our volleyball program," Koegel said. "His passion for the game and experience in teaching the game should make him the perfect fit to continue the success that our volleyball program has come to expect each season, both on and off the floor."
A 1986 graduate of Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., Goodson has made several stops at different Division I programs while also continuing to work on the club circuit. While working for head coach Debbie Kirch at Green Bay, Goodson was hands-on in all facets of the organization and administration of the Phoenix' program. He was in charge of working with the Phoenix defense and outside hitters, as well as opponent scouting and recruiting.
"I would like to first thank President Meehan and Coach Koegel for this tremendous opportunity and entrusting me with the future direction and leadership of the JSU Volleyball program," Goodson said. "I am one of the truly fortunate people who get to do what they truly love, and are meant to do, for a living. I am looking forward to not only becoming an active member of the JSU family and Jacksonville community, but also continuing the rich tradition of academic and athletic success begun by Coach Nold and Coach Beam before me. Success in the classroom and on the court will continue to be the Gamecock Volleyball standard. We will work hard, play hard, and have a ton of fun!"
Most recently in 2010, he helped the Phoenix to eight Horizon League wins, the second-most in program history. Also in 2010, Goodson coached at least one All-Horizon League player and one All-Newcomer honoree in each of the past three seasons. While with the Phoenix, he has also served as the head coach of the Fox Cities Elite Volleyball Club in Appleton, Wis., a club he guided to qualification for the USA Volleyball National Championships in each of the past three years.
Prior to his stint at Green Bay, Goodson served as a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech for one season, a position he previously held at the University of Georgia. During his time in the Peach State, Goodson was very involved in the club volleyball scene. He was a coach for the Atlanta Juniors Volleyball Club from November of 2000 until April of 2006, a span in which he oversaw individual technical training and training of all outside hitters. He also helped guide the club to the 2004 USA Junior Olympic volleyball National Championships.
His roots in the Atlanta area date back to 1996, when he served on committees for both the Atlanta Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. One year later, he served as the head coach and faculty advisor for the men's volleyball club at Emory University.
Goodson received his bachelor's degree in biology, psychology and physical education from Berry before moving on to the United State Sports Academy, where he earned his master's in sports medicine in 1989.
He served as an assistant athletic trainer at Emory University for over six years before serving one season as a clinical athletic trainer at Georgia. He then moved to Morehouse College, where he was the head athletic trainer for almost six years.
The Goodson File Personal Full Name: Joseph A. Goodson Date of Birth: April 12, 1963 Hometown: Randolph, N.J. Education: Berry College, '86 (Biology, Psychology and Physical Education) U.S. Sports Academy, '89 (Masters in Sports Medicine)
Coaching Experience Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2007-2010 Assistant Coach Fox Cities Elite Volleyball Club, 2007-2011 Head Coach Georgia Tech, 2006 Volunteer Assistant Coach Atlanta Juniors Volleyball Club, 2000-2006 Staff Coach University of Georgia, 1998 Volunteer Assistant Coach