As a high school student at Southmoreland, SHS art teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Goodman enjoyed playing the piano and participated in numerous sports including basketball, softball, volleyball, and cross country.
Mrs. Goodman started volleyball when she was in sixth grade and has “loved” volleyball ever since. Goodman’s friends inspired her to start playing volleyball with them.
While playing high school volleyball, she was also a member of the Junior Olympic Volleyball team. As a junior in high school, Mrs. Goodman tried out for the Junior Olympic Volleyball team and was one of 12 to make the team out of the 60 who tried out.
“Being on the Junior Olympic Volleyball team was fun because it was competitive to try out,” said Mrs. Goodman. “I got to travel and play against athletes throughout Pennsylvania.”
St. Vincent college recognized Goodman as a talented volleyball player and offered her a scholarship. She wanted to play at St. Vincent because they were “one of few schools in the area that had art studies and athletic programs,” she said. Mrs. Goodman played volleyball for four years at St. Vincent as a defender.
“Playing at St. Vincent was much more competitive than high school,” said Mrs. Goodman. “The practices were more intense and so was the competition. But that’s why I liked playing at St. Vincent because it was competitive.”
Even after taking the position of art teacher at Southmoreland, Mrs. Goodman continued to be involved with something else she loved, volleyball. Goodman was the varsity volleyball coach for three years at SHS.
“It was unique as I saw the coaches perspective compared to the players perspective,” said Mrs. Goodman.
Mrs. Goodman resigned from coaching after three years to spend more with with her family.
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