Coach of the Year: Goodbread manages effective balance
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Sarah Goodbread
<Br>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Sarah Goodbread
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
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WOODSTOCK — River Ridge girls soccer coach Sarah Goodbread didn’t get the storybook ending to the season she would have liked, in the form of a state title, but she couldn’t find much to complain about either.

Goodbread led the Lady Knights the Region 7AAAA championship — the first region title in program history — and saw her team advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the second straight year.

For helping the team reach and exceed its goals, Goodbread is the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

Goodbread finds herself in a unique position, having been recognized twice in the same school year, in two different sports. She was named the 2013-14 Cherokee Tribune Boys Swimming Coach of the Year.

Goodbread admits that things can get pretty crazy for the month the two sports overlap, but she loves both sports. So far, neither sport is preventing her from finding success in the other.

“It’s a lot of fun, but a lot of work, too,” Goodbread said. “I really try to enjoy my summer months.”

When Goodbread began teaching and coaching at River Ridge when the school opened nearly six years ago, she actually coached three sports. In addition to girls soccer and swimming, she also led the volleyball team. As the school grew, she stepped away from volleyball, but maintained the other two positions.

With swimming more of an individual sport, and soccer a team sport in every way, Goodbread has only found one coaching constant.

“I’m usually yelling from the sidelines,” she said. “No matter how much coaching and practice we do, I always feel like I have something to say.”

Goodbread said this helps more in soccer, where players are able to make adjustments on the field.

“I try to call out movements and shifts that I see that they may not,” she said.

Looking toward the future, the Lady Knights will be facing new competition in 2015. River Ridge moves to Class AAAAA next year and will be in a region with county rivals Creekview and Sequoyah.

Goodbread believes the team is ready for the transition.

“It will certainly be a new experience for us, but I think we have shown that we can compete,” she said.

The Lady Knights went 3-0-1 against county opponents, beating Creekview, Sequoyah and Cherokee. River Ridge tied its meeting with Etowah.

“We will be bringing back a lot of the players from this season,” Goodbread said. “We are only graduating two players in Chanel Mosley and Aubrey Wooten.”

In many ways, River Ridge’s move up in the level of competition has coincided with the development of its players. In addition to goalkeeper Jackie Donaldson, the Lady Knights will return leading scorer Brooke DeSantis and all-county player Kristian Leone.

“It will be exciting to see what they are all capable of after another year,” Goodbread said. “So far, they keep surprising me.”
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