Head Coach John Goodridge
John Goodridge Long Island, ‘72, Michigan ‘74 14th Season
The 2014 campaign marks the 14th season for John Goodridge as the head cross country coach at Eastern Michigan University, and the veteran coach has certainly enjoyed an outstanding coaching career. With EMU’s Mid-American Conference championships in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Goodridge has also coached conference cross country championship teams in the MAC, Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference. Since arriving at EMU 14 seasons ago, he has coached two NCAA National Championship top-three individuals, including 2001 National Champion Boaz Cheboiywo, six cross country All-Americans, four NCAA Great Lakes Regional Individual Champions, eight MidAmerican Conference Individual Champions and 46 All-MAC harriers. Goodridge was privileged enough to celebrate his birthday with a 2013 MAC Championship and the honor of MAC Coach of the Year, which putsEMU’s head man in a tie with legendary head coach Bob Parks with nine distinctions. The Eagles earned their fourth straight and 18th overall title in school history with 42 points, led by seniors Grzegorz Kalinowski and Harry Dixon in third and fifth, respectively, for All-MAC First Team honors. Willy Fink and Warren Witchell garnered Second Team accolades. The Eagles went on to place 10th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with 295 points. The 2012 Eagles claimed the program’s third straight conference championship, the 17th overall in school history. Goodridge earned his eighth MAC Coach of the Year award. Terefe Ejigu and Daryl Smith claimed the top two spots at the MAC Championships with Ejigu crossing the finish line first. Both Eagles were named First Team All-MAC while Dixon picked up Second Team All-MAC accolades. The 2011 season marked the seventh time in Goodridge’s storied career that he would garner the MAC Coach of the Year award. Under Goodridge, the Eagles claimed their second consecutive MAC title, and sixth in the past seven years. , as the Eagles were paced by All-MAC first teamer Ejigu, and second teamer Smith.
DID YOU KNOW?? John Goodridge is one of just two active men’s coaches that has coached two podium NCAA Cross Country Championship teams, having accomplished the feat at both Wake Forest and EMU.
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Published on Sep 3, 2014