JMU roundup: Gooden to retire as Dukes’ women’s golf coach

Daily Staff Report –

HARRISONBURG — James Madison University’s Paul Gooden, who has served as the head women’s golf coach for 15 years, has announced his retirement effective at the end of June.

Gooden has served as the mentor for the women’s golf program for the last 15 years, lead the Dukes to four Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles and a pair of NCAA regional appearances for the team in 2005 and 2013. He also had four individual CAA winners and earned a pair of CAA Coach of the Year honors. Gooden has had 19 All-CAA players, 19 team tournament victories and three individuals qualify for the NCAA Regionals. He also served as the men’s golf coach, earning three Virginia Coach of the Year honors, garnering the 1998 District Coach of the Year award and leading the team to six NCAA East Region berths and 12 tournament victories.

Personally, he previously served as the head golf professional at the Country Club of Staunton and was former vice president and tournament director of the Southern Chapter of the Middle Atlantic Professional Golf Association (MAPGA). He also qualified for the National Club Professional Championships three times, the National Senior Club Professional Championship in 2006 and the 2013 National Senior PGA Championship. He also a massed a number of Mid-Atlantic PGA tournament victories, including the 2004 MAPGA Senior Match Play Championship and 2006 MAPGA Senior Championship.

A national search for Gooden’s replacement will begin in the coming weeks.