Carl Goody Season 2023
|Alma Mater:||William Carey|
Carl Goody was named LSU’s assistant coach on July 31, 2014 and he is in his sixth season (five full time) with the Tigers in 2019. He served as a volunteer assistant in 2014 and was promoted to the full-time gig prior to the 2015 season.
Among Goody’s primary responsibilities with the Tigers is molding a young defensive unit while coaching the team’s goalkeepers and assisting with all other day-to-day duties with the program.
In 2018, Goody coached one of the most successful backlines in LSU history. The Tigers racked up 10 shutouts on the season to rank No. 2 in the school record book for most in a single season. Sophomore centerback Lucy Parker earned a plethora of accolades as she was named to the First Team All-SEC, Untied Soccer Coaches Third Team All-America squad, and she was a first team selection on the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region unit. Parker was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, 2018, as she played all three matches the week prior to lead LSU to a 3-0 record during that included three shutouts and a goal by Parker. Pair Parker’s play with 2017 Second Team All-SEC honoree, Chiara Ritchie-Williams, and the Tigers registered a goals averaged against mark of 0.98 to rank as the fifth best defensive unit in school history; it was LSU’s first time since 2010 to have a GAA under 1.00.
Goody also helped Caroline Brockmeier cement her status as one of the greatest goalies in program history. Following her three-year stint at LSU, Brockmeier ranked very high in most of the major statistical categories in the LSU record book. She made the most saves of any goalie in LSU history with a total of 287 in her career. Her 28 wins rank No. 2 all-time in school history, and her career goals against average of 1.19 ranks No. 3 in LSU history. During the 2018 season, she became only the fifth goalie in program history to register a GAA against of less than 1.00 with a career best 0.98 GAA. Her 24 shutouts from 2016-18 are the second most in school history, and she went out on top with a career high 10 shutouts in 2018 as a senior.
The Tigers enjoyed one of the greatest turnarounds of any program in the country in Goody’s first season as an assistant coach in 2015 as they followed their run to the SEC Tournament semifinals with an appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament for the fifth time in program history. In 2015, the Tigers peaked at No. 24 in the national rankings while finishing the season with a 13-6-4 overall record and a 5-4-2 mark for seventh place in SEC play.
After allowing 29 goals as a defensive unit in 2016, Goody’s defensive crew made tremendous strides in 2017 by only giving up 21 goals last season. In 2018, Goody and LSU will rely heavily on pair of sophomore defenders that are immensely talented and versatile. Lucy Parker and Chiara Ritchie-Williams will be entering their second seasons in Baton Rouge as proven defenders. Ritchie-Williams earned second team All-SEC honors under the tutelage of Goody during her freshman campaign in 2017.
They snapped a four-year drought with their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, and fifth in program history after also appearing in three-straight seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Goody served as an assistant and goalkeepers coach with both the men’s and women’s programs at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for two seasons in 2012 and 2013.
As a member of the staff, the WCU women were the undefeated champions of the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2013, posting a perfect 11-0 record in SSAC play. The squad also advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament while wrapping up the season with an impressive 18-5 overall mark in 2013.
The WCU women were led by an outstanding defense that featured two-time First-Team All-SSAC and two-time NAIA All-American goalkeeper Linfah Jones. Goody also coached Jones to SSAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012 and a pair of SSAC Defensive Player of the Week awards in his two seasons on staff at William Carey University.
The WCU men featured an All-SSAC goalkeeper of their own as Goody also coached Charlie Laridan to a Second-Team All-SSAC selection and a pair of SSAC Defensive Player of the Week awards during the 2013 season.
While working with the men’s and women’s programs at WCU, Goody also served as Director of Goalkeeping with the Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association for two seasons.
An accomplished goalkeeper in his own right, Goody followed his All-American collegiate career at William Carey as a trialist with Doncaster Rovers, formerly of the English Sky Bet Championship division, and as a training member with DC United of Major League Soccer in 2012. He was also the team captain and Player of the Year with the Gulf Coast Texans of the National Premier Soccer League during their 2013 campaign.
Goody wrapped up his collegiate career as First-Team NAIA All-American and First-Team All-SSAC and SSAC All-Tournament Team selection during his senior season in 2011. He set WCU’s single-season school record with 12 clean sheets while leading the squad to the NAIA Final Four in the NAIA National Tournament in 2011. It was a senior season highlighted by a streak of eight-straight clean sheets during his final season at WCU.
Goody has earned two degrees from William Carey University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with a minor in business and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. In addition, he has a U.S. Soccer Federation “D” Certificate, National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma and Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, and is also FA Level 1 certified.