FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University has announced the hiring of Cassandra Goodson as the Men's and Women's Cross Country Head Coach. Goodson will fill the vacancy left by Chris Highfield, who served as head coach until he resigned in July.
“Cassandra is going to be an outstanding addition to our staff,” said Athletic Director Carl McAloose. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm with her and has great recruiting contacts throughout the country. I believe she has all the tools to build a special program at FGCU.”
Goodson comes to FGCU after serving with the Southern Miss track and field and cross country program as the head cross country coach and an assistant coach for track and field for the past two years.
“FGCU has all the tools and attraction needed to build a great program,” said Goodson. “I am really excited about the growth of the university and the athletics program and I look forward to being part of that growth.”
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Goodson spent the past year competing professionally throughout the U.S. in sanctioned USA Track and Field road races.
Goodson was a two-year letter-winner with the cross country and track and field programs for the Golden Eagles. She owns two school indoor records in the running events - the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:16:55 and the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:52.65. She also holds the school record in the outdoor 5,000 meters with a time of 17:31.81 and the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:01.65.
Goodson helped the Southern Miss team to a second-place finish in 2005 with two fifth-place finishes in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Goodson competed in track and field and cross country for two seasons at Diablo Valley College in Concord, Calif., where she was the most valuable member of her cross country team. She was the NorCal 10,000-meter champion and finished fifth in the state in the same event. She was a four-year letter-winner at Chaminade College Prep, where she was an all-conference selection for four years.