UNH gymnastic head coach Gail Goodspeed honored

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics head coach Gail Goodspeed was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday night in Springfield, Mass.

"This is truly beyond all of my expectations and I am astonished, thrilled, and deeply humbled to be receiving this prestigious award," said Goodspeed. "I know that much of this award is an acknowledgement of the accomplishments of our student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire and therefore I share this not only with them but with my best friend, associate coach, and husband, Ed Datti."

Goodspeed received her undergraduate degree from Springfield College in Physical Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974. While an undergraduate, she was a member of two Associations of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), gymnastic national championship teams and captain her senior year. Goodspeed earned a Master's degree in Teaching and Administration from Springfield College in 1975 while serving as assistant women's gymnastic coach. Goodspeed also has a doctorate from the Boston University School of Education with a specialization in psychology of sport and motor learning.

Goodspeed has spent the last 23 years as the head coach of the University of New Hampshire's women's gymnastics squad and has put UNH in the national spotlight as one of the most consistently successful teams in the Northeast. During her career at UNH, she has led the Wildcats to four ECAC championships, 21 NCAA regional championship appearances and two AIAW championships, prior to NCAA sponsorship.

In 1994, Goodspeed led the Wildcats to one of their most successful seasons in recent years, winning the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship and finishing the season ranked No. 12 in the country. In addition to team invitation to the national championship, nine different Wildcats have represented UNH in individual competition during Goodspeed's 23 years.

Goodspeed was most recently honored as the NCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2001 and previously earned the award in 1994 and 1991. She also received the Region VI United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) Service Award in 1991. Goodspeed is currently the treasurer of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches for Women (NACGC/W) and a member of the University of New Hampshire Speakers' Bureau.

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