LSU Soccer head coach Brian Lee announced on July 31, 2014, the addition of William Carey University men’s and women’s assistant and goalkeepers coach Carl Goody to his staff as a volunteer assistant coach. After serving one season as an assistant to Lee as the team’s goalkeepers coach, Goody was appointed a full-time member of the staff as an assistant coach ahead of the start of the 2015 season last August, and now enters his second season in the position in 2016.
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.
“Carl was the first name off the tongue of some of the best coaches in the country when I went on the search for a top-notch goalkeeper coach to join us last fall,” Lee said when Goody first joined the program. “He has proven in his time with us that he possesses all of the qualities needed to excel at this level, and we’re excited that he continues working with us as a full-time assistant this season.
“His experience at William Carey with some outstanding teams and coaches, and his time with us these last two years shows that he’s a perfect fit for our program and what we want to achieve at LSU.”
The Tigers enjoyed one of the greatest turnarounds of any program in the country in Goody’s first season as an assistant coach 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.
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.
“I want to thank Coach (Brian) Lee for giving me the opportunity to coach at such a prestigious school like LSU,” Goody said. “I’m honored to be a part of this soccer program and am looking forward to working with LSU’s goalkeepers and competing at the highest level in the SEC and NCAA.”
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.