HARRISONBURG, Va., July 30, 2013 – James Madison head field hockey coach Antoinette Lucas announced two additions to her coaching staff on Tuesday as Michael Boal returned as the associate head coach and Andrew Gooderham joined as the assistant coach.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that we have Michael Boal returning to our program and Andrew Gooderham joining our program. Both guys are so enthusiastic about coaching, they love what they do, and they bring so much experience from England,” Lucas acknowledged. “Michael also brings his experiences and maturity from Virginia, which is phenomenal. I’m so excited to get ready for the season, and we’re going to have a great year with these two guys. I couldn’t be more excited with our staff.”
Boal has spent the previous two seasons as the associate head coach at Virginia. During his time with the Cavaliers, the team posted a 24-18 record and advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Before his time in Charlottesville, he stood on the JMU sidelines as an assistant coach in 2010. He coached the goalkeepers and played a key role in recruiting efforts for the Dukes.
Gooderham previously coached with the Harborne Hockey Club in Birmingham, England. He was tasked with developing and implementing tactics for the men’s First Team, which competes in the Midlands Premier League. He also coached the women’s Second Team to a league championship and an undefeated season in 2013. During the 2011 collegiate season, he volunteered with JMU.
“I am honored to work at such a great University with a great staff, athletes and facilities,” declared Coach Gooderham. “I am excited to work with Coach Lucas and the field hockey team, and I wish all the Dukes’ teams success in their seasons.”
Michael Boal, Associate Head Coach
A native of Sunderland, England, Boal served as the assistant director of hockey at Durham University in the United Kingdom prior to his first stop in Harrisonburg. He was responsible for the coaching and development of both men’s and women’s performance groups, recruiting across Europe, match preparation, video analysis and conducting coaching and evaluation sessions for all 16 intramural college teams.
He assisted Gavin Featherstone, a renowned double Olympic and World Cup head coach for the USA and South Africa field hockey teams, in leading Durham University’s men’s and women’s teams to top-10 rankings amongst U.K. universities when they became National North Conference Champions and Northern Division One Champions in 2010.
Prior to his time at Durham, Boal coached at the Olton & West Warwick's Hockey Club for four years and was involved in all aspects of the management of the ladies first and second teams, including daily planning and conducting of practice and physical training. He coached the women's first team in the prominent English National Premier League at the age of 20, making Boal the youngest ever to coach a women's team in the English National Premier League.
At Olton & West Warwick's, Boal also coached players with National and International Representative Honors, including two 2008 Olympians for Great Britain. He developed three representatives for the Junior World Cup earlier this year and two under-18 Internationals.Boal graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in June 2009 with an impressive range of experience and accomplishments. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and was an ambassador for the university. Boal made four British University Finals Appearances as player and coach and was part of their 2006-07 National League winning side.
Andrew Gooderham, Assistant Coach
Before working with Harborne, Gooderham spent three seasons as the head coach of the Telford Men’s Hockey Club First Team, a member of the Midlands Premier League. In 2010, he served as the goalkeeper coach and videographer for the Wales’ Under-21 team that finished second at the European Cup.
From September 2007 to April 2010, Gooderham helped lead the Birmingham University Men’s Second XI team to the British Universities’ Sports Association league championship for the 2008-2009 season. He had previously been at the helm of Birmingham’s men’s third team.
In 2006, Gooderham led the Bourneville Ladies Second XI team in the Warwickshire Premier Division before being promoted to the Ladies First XI team, a member of the Midlands Division One league.
Gooderham started coaching in 2002 when he was an assistant coach to the under-13 boys’ team within the Cannock Hockey Club junior section.
Gooderham graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports and material science and earned his teaching license from the University of Cumbria. He was a physical education teacher at the Arnold Lodge School for two years.
As a player, Gooderham represented England in the EuroHockey Indoor Nations championships five times.