Basketball team begins season, welcomes new coach
by Sarah Lippeatt, Student Writer
and Mary Amelia Taylor
The Athletic Department is proud to introduce Bridget Goodnight, Head Basketball Coach for the Judson Eagles. This season will mark Goodnight’s twenty-first year of coaching; she brings to the Judson program coaching experience from various levels of the game, including NJCAA, NCAA II, and NCAA I levels.
A Batesville, Miss., native, Goodnight says that she first heard of Judson College when she was a senior in high school. She began her own college basketball career at Northwest Mississippi Community College and continued at Blue Mountain College, where she competed against the Judson Eagles. During her time at Blue Mountain College, Goodnight was recognized nationally for her three-point and free-throw shooting percentages in the NAIA.
Goodnight holds an A.A. degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College, a B.S. degree from Blue Mountain College, and a M.Ed. degree from Delta State University. Goodnight joined the coaching staff at Judson this fall and says that Judson’s “unique and special qualities” influenced her decision to take the Judson position. Emphasizing the value of Christian education and a campus environment that “allows students to be challenged, strive for excellence, and be held accountable”, Goodnight observes that “students graduate from Judson equipped with more than a degree…There seems to be substance and value put into developing students here. Judson is a place that creates opportunities for service, building character, and emphasizing putting God first.”
Noting her excitement for the upcoming season, Goodnight says, “It is a blessing and a responsibility to be in the lives of these student-athletes and watching them learn and grow.” She says that she intends for her team to “represent Judson in the best way that they can, compete daily, push themselves, and work together to reach their goals.”
The team’s first game will be a scrimmage against Gadsden State University October 30 at 5:30pm in Gadsden. The regular season opener will be at home November 8th against Southeastern Baptist College (Laurel, MS) at 6:00pm in Judson’s Riddle Gymnasium. Find a team roster at www.judson.edu/basketball/roster.
Coach Goodnight and her team look forward to an exciting season!