Linda Burdette-Good Retires

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • April 03, 2011 03:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University gymnastics coach Linda Burdette-Good has announced her retirement.

Burdette-Good was named the second gymnastics coach at West Virginia in 1975, taking over a one-year program, and in 37 seasons, she has compiled a 644-263-4 (.709) overall record.

“After 37 memorable, successful and thoroughly enjoyable years at West Virginia University and with the gymnastics team, I feel that it is time for me to move on,” Burdette-Good says. “My life is better having spent these last four decades as a Mountaineer, and I am thankful for and proud of all the student-athletes I have coached over the years. I am also thankful for the support I have received from the athletic department and the Morgantown community.

“I plan to continue to support the program and the team, and I also look forward to spending more time with my family.”

The only WVU coach to earn 600 career wins with a Mountaineer team, Burdette-Good eclipsed the benchmark on Jan. 31, 2009, with victories over George Washington and Rutgers at the WVU Coliseum. Burdette-Good previously surpassed former baseball coach Dale Ramsburg’s mark of 541 career WVU wins in 2006. Only current men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins (691-253) has more overall wins on the department’s coaching staff.

Including this season, which culminated in a sixth-place finish at yesterday’s NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, Burdette-Good compiled 35 winning seasons, including 14 years with 20-or-more wins. Since her first 20-win season in 1981, none of her teams have posted a losing record and just five had winning percentages less than .600.

She has won 10 conference championships, six in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL), made 33 trips to regional championships, led three teams to the NCAA National Championships and finished third at the 1982 AIAW national championship.

A five-time conference coach of the year, Burdette-Good made a name for herself early in her 37-year career, as she also was named the 1981 and 1982 regional AIAW Coach of the Year.

Burdette-Good’s influence spans the athletic and academic realms. She has served on the six member NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee and was the chair of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee. Additionally, Burdette-Good also was the driving force behind the foundation of the EAGL and is that league’s chair.

With senior Amy Bieski’s dual conference honors this season, Burdette-Good has coached 12 outstanding senior gymnasts and 12 conference gymnasts of the year honorees. She also has coached 17 NCAA individual qualifiers, 13 All-Americans and eight NCAA Regional event champions.

Burdette-Good led her sixth squad in 13 years to an EAGL Championship title in 2008, as the Mountaineers laid claim to the conference championship with a first-place finish at the WVU Coliseum.

Ten seasons ago was one of the best ever for Burdette-Good’s program. Three different Mountaineers scored perfect 10s, with sophomore TeShawne Jackson scoring five by herself, including two meets with 10s on vault and floor. The 17th-ranked Mountaineers regained the EAGL Championship after a two-year drought.

Burdette-Good led the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Championships appearance in 1995, where the southeast regional coach of the year secured a 12th-place finish.

She performed one of her best coaching jobs in 1999, as the Mountaineers advanced to their second national championships in four seasons after compiling a 19-7 record and finishing sixth at the EAGL Championship. WVU finished 12th at the national meet.

The 2000 season was arguably Burdette-Good’s most challenging, yet most rewarding, as a coach. With the WVU Coliseum closed for asbestos abatement and some injuries to key contributors, the Mountaineers turned in two of the top 10 team scores in school history at Morgantown High, advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and finished in 12th place.

Burdette-Good is responsible for mentoring the best gymnast in school history, Kristin Quackenbush, who became the school’s first AAI American Award winner and a six-time NCAA All-American. She holds or shares school records on vault and floor, and owns five career perfect 10s.

Burdette-Good guided the Mountaineers to their best season ever in 1982 when they won the EAIAW championship and finished third at the AIAW national championship. It was during that season that Shari Retton became the Mountaineers’ first All-American. For these accomplishments, Burdette-Good was honored as the EAIAW Coach of the Year.

Overall, Burdette-Good has coached 56 conference champions and 126 all-conference selections, including 10 this season.

Burdette-Good has also stressed excellence in the classroom throughout her 37-year career and has coached 77 NACGC/W Scholastic All-Americans, including nine from the 2010 squad. Since joining the EAGL, 66 Mountaineers have earned EAGL all-academic recognition 644 times. Additionally, she has coached five ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

A native of Parkersburg, W.Va., Burdette-Good joined the Mountaineer athletic department in 1975 following a one-year coaching stint at Fairmont State. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University, and spent several years as an assistant professor in WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Science.

“I would like to thank Linda for her extraordinary career,” says WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. “She has devoted decades to the women’s gymnastics program and has singlehandedly built it into one of the top programs in the nation. Her 600-plus wins and four national championship appearances speak for themselves. We sincerely appreciate all that she has done for the gymnastics program and the University. Her athletes excelled in the arena as well as in the classroom, and they always represented the University and the state in exemplarily fashion.

“I know that she and her husband Lee will remain active supporters of the University.”

A national search for a new head gymnastics coach at WVU will begin immediately.

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