Paul Gooden, head women’s coach at James Madison University, has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 season. Gooden is in his 15th season as women’s coach at the Harrisonburg, Va., school.
“This is something that I have thought about for a while, and it is just time,” Gooden said. “The program has grown and is in really good shape, and I am very proud of all that we have accomplished here at JMU and will always bleed purple. I want to thank (athletic director) Jeff Bourne and (associate AD) Geoff Polglase for all of their support over the years, as well as the rest of the administration and other sport programs. This is going to be a great new time in my life as (wife) Lisa and I are relocating further south so we can pursue our hobbies and just enjoy life.”
Gooden has coached the Dukes to four Colonial Athletic Association titles and two NCAA regional appearances (2005, ’13). His teams have won 19 tournament titles during the past 15 years.
Before arriving at James Madison, Gooden was the head professional at the Country Club of Staunton in Virginia and was a former vice president and tournament director of the Southern Chapter of the Middle Atlantic Professional Golf Association (MAPGA). He also qualified for the National Club Professional Championship three times, the National Senior Club Professional Championship in 2006 and the 2013 National Senior PGA Championship.
James Madison will open a national search for Gooden’s replacement.
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