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The Goodwins:
Mother, daughter coaches meet at the net

Cortney Goodwin (left) and her mother, Judy Goodwin, meet at the net between games while coaching opposing teams. Cortney is first-year coach of the Pocahontas volleyball and softball teams, while Judy is in her 11th year as Hoxie volleyball and softball coach.
John Bland

A milestone was reached this volleyball season for Judy Goodwin and daughter, Cortney Goodwin. This season marked the first time that this mother and daughter met on the volleyball court as coaches of competing teams.

Judy Goodwin is in her 11th year as volleyball and softball coach for the Hoxie Lady Mustang junior and senior high teams, while Cortney is in her first year coaching the same sports for the Lady Redskins of Pocahontas.

Their first match-up as competing coaches was on Sept. 25 at Hoxie High School, where Cortney was a standout in volleyball and softball, as well as being a valedictorian of her 2003 graduating class.

To see the mother and daughter coaches on the same court, their resemblance is striking. Not only do they look alike, but both exhibit a similar enthusiasm as they strive to get the best out of their players.

Judy Goodwin said she wasn't really surprised that her daughter wanted to become a coach. "I've coached her teams since she was old enough to play organized sports," she said.

"Sports were the only thing she was really interested in even as a small child. If she wasn't playing (sports), she was catching a game on TV. She didn't just want to play, she wanted to be the best," Judy added.

"I had dreams of her being a doctor or engineer because she was so smart, but my biggest hope and dream was that she would be able to find a job that she loves, one that makes her happy I'm so proud of her."

Judy was also an athlete in high school. The daughter of the late Melvin Davis and Marilyn Davis, she grew up in Walnut Ridge and played volleyball, basketball and ran track at WRHS, where Linda Ringo was her coach.

She attended Arkansas State University and played volleyball there for four years under Coach Kay Woodiel. Before completing her degree, she quit school in 2001 to marry husband, Curtis, and start a family. The Goodwins also have a son, Chad.

Judy returned to college in 1995 and graduated in May of 1997 with a degree in physical education. "I have been at Hoxie ever since," Judy said.

Hoxie School Supt. Dennis Truxler said he remembers recommending Judy to David Cook, who was superintendent at the time. "I was coaching volleyball and basketball at the time," he said. Judy did her student teaching here and helped with volleyball. I had coached volleyball for three years, and she knew a lot more than me.

"It was easy to see her passion and love for the students. She has a near perfect blend of discipline and love," Truxler said. "She is extremely competitive and one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. We are truly blessed at Hoxie by having her as a part of the Mustang family."

Cortney received many honors as player

Judy coached Cortney in both volleyball and softball throughout Cortney's high school career at HHS, where Cortney was named All-Conference in both sports each of those four years. Cortney was also named All-State in volleyball and softball during her junior and senior years. Among her other honors, she was chosen to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star softball game after her senior year.

Cortney said she also played basketball in junior high and high school. "It just wasn't ever a love or passion for me like volleyball and softball," she said.

"Cortney did not fall far from the tree," said Truxler. "I don't know a more competitive person. I watched her grow up here at Hoxie, and there was one thing you could take to the bank. When she played, she gave it one hundred percent!

"Cortney will do the same thing in coaching She will strive to be the best, and she will be very successful," Truxler said. "Pocahontas is very lucky to have Cortney, and Mr. Blaxton (superintendent) knows when I get the chance I will try to steal her."

During her four years at Williams Baptist College, Cortney also played volleyball and softball. There, she was named All-Conference honorable mention in volleyball all four years and All-Conference in softball her sophomore and junior years.

She was also named Academic All-Conference each of her four years at Williams in both sports. A Williams athlete's profile regarding Cortney stated, "On graduation day, May 5th (2007), Cortney was one of only three graduates who could claim a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, making her a graduate with highest honors. She personifies the scholar-athlete."

"My first year at Poky is overwhelming and exhausting. Other than that it is going great," Cortney said. "I ask my mom advice about different things but mostly about how to handle situations concerning parents and things."

Judy said, "We talk about how practice went or if we played a match, how well or bad we played. We talk about different drills we can both use at practice to improve performance."

At a recent tournament where both the Hoxie and Pocahontas teams played, Judy had a chance to observe her daughter as a coach. "She says a lot of the same things that I do to the girls. I think she is more like me than she would like to admit.

"But she has a lot of fresh ideas, too, and I know I'll learn a lot from her also," Judy concluded.

Cortney said, "I think my coaching style is very similar to my mom's. We both want our players to play hard and hustle all the time! We both yell a lot; that is just how we are!

"I think I just expect a lot out of different kids, and sometimes that comes across as mean, but it isn't really," Cortney added.

While Judy and the Lady Mustangs were the victors in the first meeting of the Goodwins, Cortney and the Lady Redskins will have another opportunity to compete this season. A second volleyball match between the non-conference opponents is scheduled for next Tuesday in Pocahontas.

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