In the fall of 2014 the Gamecock volleyball program will be under the leadership of a new head coach after former coach Joseph Goodson was relieved of his duties mid-December.
Goodson became the fifth head coach in the program’s history when he was hired by JSU in July of 2011 following the departure of then-JSU coach Rick Nold being hired away by Auburn.
The Gamecocks’ volleyball program was peaking when Goodson was hired having recently won three regular season and conference tournament Ohio Valley titles.
Rick Nold was hired in 2002 and took a team coming off four consecutive losing seasons to a 172-98 mark over his nine year tenure. Under Nold, the Gamecocks had postseason play in eight of his nine years after only having one appearance in program history prior to his arrival.
He also guided the Gamecocks to the only three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. However, Nold bolted for The Plains when the opportunity arose to coach in a premier league such as the Southeastern Conference.
Under Goodson, it’s safe to say the Gamecocks didn’t fare as well. In his three year tenure Jacksonville State only reached the OVC tournament twice where they were ousted in the first round each time. Goodson was hired away from Wisconsin - Green Bay where he’d been an assistant the previous four years. He also served on staffs at Georgia and Georgia Tech.
At JSU, he went 38-55 with a 23-29 mark in conference play. 2013 was worst season of all finishing 13-18 after losing 10 of their final 13 matches of the season. The highlight of the season was a defeat at Tennessee over the Lady Vols.
Athletics Director Warren Koegel made the statement, “At this time, we believe the program needs to go in a new direction. We wish coach Goodson nothing but the best in the future.”
A search for the new head coach began shortly after and JSU is giving about a month to find interested parties. The university plans to have all the candidates by January 19 and hopes a new coach is hired and working by the first of February.