Nikki Goodenow returns for her ninth season overall as an assistant coach with the Mountaineer women’s soccer team.
Her job duties include working with the field players, scouting, film breakdown, compliance and helping with the West Virginia Soccer Camp for Girls and Soccer School of Excellence program. In addition, Goodenow serves as the recruiting coordinator and also organizes the team’s annual fundraiser for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
Under Goodenow’s watch, WVU’s 2008 defense tied the school record for shutouts with 13, including 11 from goalkeeper Kerri Butler. West Virginia held 12 opponents to five shots or less on the season and its defense posted back-to-back shutouts in conference play three times.
The 2007 WVU defense allowed only two goals in seven postseason games as the Mountaineers won their first BIG EAST Championship and advanced to the school’s first NCAA Elite Eight. West Virginia goalkeepers tied the school record for shutouts in a season with 13 – seven from Kerri Butler and six from Mallory Beck.
In 2003 and 2004, Goodenow helped craft former Mountaineer goalkeeper Lana Bannerman into one of the BIG EAST’s best shot blockers. During her freshman campaign, Bannerman started every match for West Virginia, allowing just 19 goals to earn honorable mention freshman All-America accolades from Soccer Buzz.
Goodenow helped continue Bannerman’s success into her sophomore season where she started every match and won 15 games while allowing just 20 goals.
Goodenow spent one year working for Adidas in South Bend, Ind. She also coached the Indiana Invaders Soccer Club’s U11 and U16 girls teams while working for the apparel company in 2006.
As a player, Goodenow was a defender on the 1997 and 1998 West Virginia squads. She made an impact on those teams, playing a major role in the Mountaineers’ 10 shutouts during the 1997 season. The two-year captain was named the team’s 1997 defensive player of the year and received the team’s S.O.C.C.E.R. award in 1998.
She was also a member of the first Mountaineer women’s team to qualify for the BIG EAST tournament.
Prior to her success in Morgantown, Goodenow spent two collegiate seasons as a starter at South Carolina before transferring to WVU.
A native of Penfield, N.Y., Goodenow has coached in youth soccer in north central West Virginia and both the state and region’s Olympic Development Program. While finishing up her student teaching in 1999, Goodenow coached the Bridgeport High School team.
The former Mountaineer defender graduated cum laude from WVU in 1999 with a degree in physical and health education. She received her master’s of science in athletic coaching education from WVU in 2002, as well.
Goodenow earned her NSCAA advanced national coaching diploma in the summer of 2002 and has earned a B license from the USSF and a level III goalkeeping diploma. She is a region I Olympic Development Staff member and formerly served as the director of coaching for the WV United soccer club until 2006. Goodenow also holds a black belt in judo.
She and her husband, Tim, reside in Morgantown with their son, Brady.