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Mississippi State Assistant Coach Pete Goodwin Resigns

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State softball assistant coach Pete Goodwin announced over the holidays that he will resign his position with the team to pursue other avenues.

The announcement thus ends a very successful stint with the program, shown with the accomplishments of the Mississippi State offense which finished among the conference leaders in numerous categories last season. Mississippi State's season was ended abruptly in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 2-0, extra-inning loss to LSU.

Goodwin was head coach Kathy Arendsen's main on-field assistant, overseeing much of the Bulldogs' individual player development and skill instruction. Arendsen and assistant coach J. Gaudreau will now share Goodwin's responsibilities this season.

"We are very grateful for Pete's contributions to this program," Arendsen said. "He has been a tremendous asset to this team and we will miss him greatly. We wish him nothing but luck in his future endeavors."

 

Goodwin came to Mississippi State from Doyle Baseball and Softball, Inc., in Winter Haven, Fla., a nationally-renowned school that conducts a series of baseball and softball-related camps for more than 50,000 athletes annually. While at Doyle, Goodwin served as the director of the softball school and the research and development division. His research at Doyle included identifying performance enhancing techniques, optimal speed enhancement and mental toughness training programs.

He served as the chairman for the "Simply the Best" National Baseball and Softball Coaches' Convention. Goodwin was also responsible for developing a college softball player evaluation system, along with redesigning an extensive baseball and softball curriculum for a nationally recognized baseball and softball skills teaching school. His extensive work gave him the reputation as one of the best hitting instructors in the country.

He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and received his master's degree in management from Webster University in 1980. Married to the former Linda Boisvert, he has three children, the youngest of which, Robynn, will play for Mississippi State this season.