Goodwin resigns as
Wolverine volleyball coach
Takes similar job
with Community School
Express Staff Writer
resident Reamy Goodwin, the winningest coach in the 26-year history of
Wood River High volleyball, resigned his varsity coaching job Thursday
after 12 years of guiding varsity teams and 15 years with the Hailey
He was out
of a job for about 15 minutes.
third coach in the program’s history, Goodwin left Wood River to become
head volleyball coach at The Community School in Sun Valley.
sorry to lose a class act like Reamy, but we definitely wish him well in
the future," said Wood River athletic director Ron Martinez. "He
resigned his coaching position to take a job with The Community School as
its volleyball coach."
School athletic director John Remington said Goodwin will be a welcome
addition to the Cutthroat program.
said that Nancy Weekes Fenn, the current Cutthroat varsity coach and a
former Cutthroat player, encouraged Remington to hire Goodwin. Fenn is
expected to continue as assistant coach.
43, one of the most respected figures in Gem State volleyball, elected to
move from the bigger school environment of Wood River—a 3A school that
will be moving up to 2A in a couple of years—down to the small-school 1A
circles of The Community School.
coaches migrate the other way, from small school to big school. Goodwin
said he is comfortable with his decision.
three young children, Goodwin said he left Wood River for personal and
"I couldn’t imagine being out of the game so this is a way to stay
in it. Coaching at The Community School will be a little simpler."
sessions, for instance, will be from 4-6 p.m. at The Community School,
enabling him to be home for dinner. Practices at Wood River were 5:30-7:30
p.m. Traveling distances will be shorter in the Northside Conference, in
many cases halved compared to Hailey’s trips for matches.
will be moving up a division and a lot of traveling will be involved in
the future, which would have been be hard on Reamy and his family,"
athletic coaches, Goodwin is not employed as a teacher. Currently he is
the developer behind the proposed 5B Sports Center to be located in
Goodwin, taking the Cutthroat job is coming full circle.
coach The Community School when he first came to the Wood River Valley in
1984. That year, its first with a volleyball team, the Cutthroats
unexpectedly won the State A-4 title for coach Nancy Parsons Brown.
was a lucky break," said Goodwin. "I moved to town Oct. 1, 1984.
Down at Hemingway gym on my second day here I met Jim Hodge, whose
daughters were on The Community School volleyball team. He suggested I
help coach. That’s what I did the last three weeks of the season."
mainly in Carmel, Ca., Goodwin graduated from the Univ. of Wyoming in 1981
with a history degree.
taught and coached at Northwestern University and Stetson in Florida,
finally ending up as the golf coach at Stanford University where he
coached Tiger Woods. The Goodwins spent summers at the family’s Rafter Y
Ranch near Sheridan, Wyo.
short stint at The Community School in 1984, Goodwin assisted volleyball
coach Darlene Bailey at Boise State University and entered the Wood River
program in 1987 as junior varsity coach under Dave Neumann.
years of full-time coaching have caused Goodwin to change his view of the
importance of athletics in the lives of young people
used to be everything," said Goodwin, the winningest coach in Wood
River sports history who is himself a gifted natural athlete. "Now it’s
just part of it.
want to have a great experience with the kids. Personally I find that
perspective so much healthier. It’s just been a great learning thing for
I’ve learned in coaching is that delivery is everything. It’s how
people present themselves—to the athletes, to other coaches, the
officials, parents, to everyone involved in the game."
resignation came on the heels of what he views as some of his greatest
coaching successes over the last three years.
from his peers has accompanied his coaching maturity. At the end of
tournaments, Wolverine athletes and even those on other teams have
displayed genuine affection for Goodwin. Opposing coaches have solicited
his advice, which he gives graciously.
November, Goodwin earned his second consecutive Sawtooth Central Idaho
Conference "Coach of the Year" award for guiding the Wolverines
to a 20-15 record and Hailey’s second straight SCIC tournament title.
evenly-balanced league, Wood River did a difficult thing, winning the
regular-season league title and upholding its top-seeded status throughout
the league tournament.
record of 277-175 (.613) including seven district tournament titles has
eclipsed the overall record of his predecessor, Dave Neumann (243-97 in 13
fall campaigns from 1977-89). Neumann went to state 10 times in 12 years
and earned the only two state volleyball championships for Wood River, in
1977 and 1978.
glory years with the Wolverines were 1994-98, a string of five straight
district titles, five consecutive 30-win seasons and a 160-51 overall
Wolverines finished with a school-record 36-7 mark. His 1997 Wood River
squad (32-8) finished second to Bear Lake in a thrilling State A-2
tournament finale, and the 1998 Hailey edition ended up with a 31-8
record. Players on those teams like Kristyn Price and Amy Sturtevant went
on to successful college careers.
said the last three seasons, despite the 51-58 records his Wolverine teams
logged from 1999-2001, were probably his best as a coach.
season Wood River improved to the point where the girls were playing their
best volleyball at the crucial testing ground of the district tournament.
"Being able to mold the kids to get them playing well and peaking in
the tournament was very satisfying for me. Really, I think my teams are
better now, because I’m a better coach."
Wood River will be hard, he said.
a sad thing. Fifteen years at Wood River—you have so many friends,
coaches, administrators and of course the kids. But I’m also excited
about the new opportunity," he said.
said he was told by WRHS principal Grant Hume that the school will wait to
make a decision on a new volleyball coach until the spring of 2002, and
that the preference will be for a teacher/coach.
resigned, Goodwin suggested two prospects who have showed interest in the
past—current Centennial coach Steve Bartlett, who helped Goodwin with
the local club volleyball program, and Shane Stent, a California resident
who assisted Goodwin with the 1997 state runner-up team.
his wife of seven years, Louise, have three young children; Georgy, 6,
Jack, 4 and Ry, who will be 2 in February.