James Goodridge brings 10 years of coaching experience to UNCG, having worked as an assistant coach and head coach, ranging from the Division I to the Division III level, with the bulk of his work at Division II. Goodridge will enter his third season on the Spartan bench in 2019.
During the 2018 season, the Spartans collected 13 total victories including a historic victory over Wake Forest (3-1) in the season-opening Spartan-Demon Deacon Classic. Additionally, the Spartans made it a clean sweep in the Spartan-Aggie Invitational while surrendering just one set during the three-match event. Senior setter Allison Penner was named to the CoSIDA District 3 Academic Team Division I. During her final collegiate season, Penner recorded 804 assists, 262 digs, 68 kills, 21 blocks and 14 services and for her career, the Aurora, Neb., native recorded 4,302 assists, along with 1,115 digs, 176 blocks and 71 services aces.
Goodridge assisted in several different areas in his first season in Greensboro, helping UNCG earn a 19-12 overall record, 11-5 in Southern Conference play and earned the program’s first trip to a postseason tournament since becoming a Division I program. He worked on blocking, as well as with defensive specialists and the hitters. Under Goodridge’s guidance, UNCG produced two First Team All-Southern Conference honorees, including the program’s first SoCon Co-Player of the Year in Ashley Muench. UNCG also earned two SoCon Offensive Player of the Week awards and Christina Gregory picked up three SoCon Defensive Player of the Week awards. Gregory was also named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month for the third time in her career in November.
2017 saw UNCG weather some early season trouble before earning a seven-match winning streak heading into the SoCon Tournament. The Spartans split the first four games of the year before winning the Spartan-Aggie Invitational for the third-straight season. Goodridge and the Spartans opened the 2017 SoCon season with a 3-1 win over ETSU, the first time the Spartans won in Johnson City since 2002. After losing three-consecutive matches for the first time in 2017, Goodridge and the coaching staff righted the ship to win the nine of 10 matches, including seven-straight to earn the third seed at the Southern Conference Tournament in Cullowhee. UNCG defeated Chattanooga before its tournament run came to an end. Because of the success on the court, Goodridge and the Spartans earned a berth into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) where they faced off with UCF. This was the first postseason appearance for UNCG at the Division I level.
Goodridge came to UNCG after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Virginia in 2016.
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.