Friday, August 12, 2005

ATH: Goodwyn -- falling close to the three

Goodwyn joins YMCA staff
By Doug Mitchell, The Daily Times, Published August 12, 2005

The Kerr County YMCA is under new leadership in its sports program, with a director quite familiar with the town’s athletic scene.

Matt Goodwyn, a Tivy High School and Schreiner University graduate, replaced Mark Keller as the YMCA’s new youth sports director at the beginning of the month. Keller resigned after eight-plus years at the YMCA to accept the athletic director and physical education teacher positions at Notre Dame School.

Goodwyn, who spent the past year working in the Boerne YMCA program, inherits a Kerrville YMCA with nearly 1,800 participants in six sports programs. The 26-year-old Goodwyn played soccer for both the Antlers and Mountaineers and is working on completing a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas-Permian Basin.

“It’s nice to come back to the Kerrville YMCA to provide sports activities in this community,” Goodwyn said. “You always want it to grow. I’m hoping I can take what Mark has done here and grow with time, looking for more opportunities.”

Among those long-term opportunities Goodwyn is focusing on is a permanent facility for the local YMCA chapter, which is currently housed in the River Hills Mall. Expanding adult programs is another area he hopes to develop.

“I’m hoping I can make it grow bigger,” said Goodwyn, who previously worked with the Kerrville branch as an after-school counselor. “I just wanted to work within the community I actually live in.”

Goodwyn’s sports activities will not be solely restricted to the YMCA, as he will serve as an assistant volleyball coach at Schreiner this fall.

Keller assumes a Notre Dame athletic program growing in importance not only for the potential athletes it sends to area public schools, but as a feeder for the fourth-year Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School, which draws many of its student-athletes from Notre Dame.

“While we will miss Mark’s day-to-day involvement with the program, we know he will still be involved as a supporter and volunteer for his son’s upcoming years of play with the YMCA,” said Brenda Chapman, the Kerr County YMCA executive director. “Mark’s dedication and many years of service to the Kerr County YMCA is greatly appreciated.”

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