GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG volleyball head coach Corey Carlin has announced the addition of new assistant coach, James Goodridge for the upcoming season. Goodridge brings 10 years of assistant and head coaching experience ranging from Division I to Division III. He served as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Virginia last season. Prior to that, stops in his coaching career included Division II Northwood, Lees-McRae and Mount Olive, as well as Division III Springfield College.
“When this position opened, we knew there would be a strong candidate pool because of the great opportunities it presents.” Carlin stated, “First, we have a tremendous support system in place for our volleyball program through the athletic department and the university. We've been very successful on the court, our roster is full of talented and hard-working young ladies, we have a beautiful campus and Greensboro is a great place to live. There are a lot of reasons this position is a very attractive opportunity for our profession.”
“Anytime you hire new staff its paramount to find the right fit for the program and it was evident throughout the process that James was that person for us.” Carlin continued, “He came very highly recommended by head coaches I greatly respect and has a proven track record in several areas. He has head coaching experience and is very well respected by those that know him in the collegiate volleyball community. I believe James will be a tremendous addition to our staff and help elevate our program even further. We are very much looking forward to having him on board and being part of our Spartan Volleyball family.”
Prior to his stop in Charlottesville, Goodridge worked at Northwood University as the head coach of the Division II program in 2014-15. With Northwood, Goodridge coached ten players to a Top 15 ranking in 38 different conference statistical categories, as well as coaching on Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) second team selection, two GLIAC honorable mention selections and 21 All-Academic honorees.
Before Northwood, Goodridge worked as an assistant coach at Buffalo from 2013-14. With the Bulls, he coordinated the team's blocking scheme and finished the 2014 season ranked 17th nationally. His defense had one individual ranked fifth in the nation in digs per set, with one ranked 33rd in blocks per set. He coached two Academic All-MAC selections, six MAC Players of the week, two first team All-MAC selections, a MAC Defensive Player of the Year and had one player earn AVCA All-Region selection.
Goodridge is no stranger to the state of North Carolina working for Lees-McRae College from 2010-13. As the men's head coach, Goodridge led the team top 15 rankings in aces per set three times, as well as earning a ranking of 13th in digs per set and blocks per set. With the Bobcats, Goodridge coached ten All Conference selections, a Freshman of the Year, two Conference Player of the Weeks, and a DI-II National Player of the Week. Along with serving as the men's head coach, he was an assistant for the women's team for three years. The Bobcats finished fourth in the nation in aces per set and had two individuals rank in the top 11 of aces per set and another in the top 20 of hitting percentage, nationally.
He served in a similar role at Mount Olive College from 2008-09 before his time at Lees-McRae. With the Trojans, Goodridge served as the Associate head coach for the men's program as well as serving as the women's volleyball head coach. Under his tutelage, the men's team ranked fourth national in aces per set, tenth in blocks per set, and 14th in digs per set. He also had one player rank eighth nationally in aces per set, another tenth in blocks per set and another ranked 11th in digs per set. The women's team had several individual accolades with one player ranking sixth national in hitting percentage, 19th in aces per set and another ranking 25th in kills per set. The women's team had four all conference selections, two conference Players of the Week, two All-Tournament Team selections and six All-Region selections.
Goodridge started his coaching career in 2006-07 at Springfield College as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs. With Springfield, he coached three All-American selections, two All-Conference selections as well as four Academic All-Conference selections on the women's side. With the men, he coached three All-Americans, a DIII Newcomer of the year and had two players earn All-Tournament selections.
His other coaching experience includes USA Volleyball High Performance, North Carolina Summer Clinic, Michigan State College Prep Camp, Buffalo Summer Clinic, Appalachian State Summer Clinic and Florida State Summer Clinic coaching.
Goodridge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Florida State University in 2006, before earning a Master of Arts in Sport and Fitness: Sport Leadership and Coaching from the University of Central Florida in 2009. He earned a second Master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Sport Psychology, graduating in 2016.