Bridget Goodwin started playing competitive volleyball when she was 11 years old, and continued through her high school graduation. She played for a few different club teams in her hometown in South Florida, including Treasure Coast Volleyball Club, Jupiter Crush, and Shamrocks Volleyball Club. Now that she's an Atlanta resident, she recently began playing in a highly competitive adult league. She graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Special Education and an MS in Curriculum Development for Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities; she currently works as a special education teacher.
She loves volleyball because in many ways it is both an individual AND team sport! As a setter, she knows her personal contribution to the team extends far beyond herself. Her effort not only affects her individual performance, but the success of the team. She wants to coach because, like so many other former players, she wants to share her love for the game with young athletes! Some of her favorite memories as a teenager include practices and tournaments with her teammates. She still keeps in touch with some of her coaches, and she's looking forward to building the same relationships with her players.
She hopes to teach her athletes that being a strong woman is so much more than the skills displayed on a court. She wants to instill "hustle" and "heart" in her young ladies! The hustle will keep us athletic, but the heart will take us further. The valuable leadership and communication skills we build this season can transfer to other areas of their lives, from academics to friendships, and even future careers.
During her time playing volleyball in high school, she had the opportunity to coach a Special Olympics volleyball team. Her passion for interacting with people with disabilities grew and grew, and she continues to coach Special Olympics teams today. Her biggest inspirations are her athletes with special needs, because despite their varied abilities, they always exceed her expectations. They embody perseverance and are truly incredible to work with. The Special Olympics oath states "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." - and her athletes inspire her to bring that bravery to all parts of her life.
Favorite food: She's a Florida girl at heart, so she loves sushi and any seafood.
Favorite music/band: She usually listens to whatever is trending on the radio. Right now she's really into Lizzo.
Hobbies/Interests outside of volleyball: When she's not playing or coaching volleyball, you can find her at Piedmont Park with her three rescue dogs! Animals have always been a part of her life, and she loves spending time with her fur babies or volunteering at PAWS Atlanta.