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Cambridge’s Goodrich Takes Over JM Football Reins

Coach has rebuilt pair of programs in career

December 14, 2011
By J.W. Johnson - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE - Rich Goodrich wasted no time Tuesday evening setting goals for his newly inherited John Marshall Monarchs football team.

After being officially selected at Tuesday's board of education meeting as the new head coach in a unanimous decision, Goodrich said he has simple goal for his first year at the helm.

"My goal is to revive the pride at John Marshall and get the program back to where it was in the glory days," he said.

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Goodrich brings a resume of success to Glen Dale, having spent the last several years reviving a Cambridge program that was down on its luck when he took over. He faced similar challenges at Bridgeport, where he produced some of the best Bulldogs teams in the school's history. Goodrich, who will remain a teacher at Cambridge, said the biggest obstacle at John Marshall will be getting players to commit to the program, something he has faced at previous stops.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," he said. "They've just recently fallen on hard times, but we just need to get more of them out and get them all working toward a common goal."

Goodrich is familiar with John Marshall, having faced it the last three years while at Cambridge. He said despite losing records, John Marshall has the talent to turn around its fortunes.

"They had the opportunity to beat us the first two years we played them," he said. "They are tough kids and quality athletes, we just need to get more of them out."

Having seen those athletes firsthand, Goodrich said the existing players have good size and speed to play in his system, which relies heavily on the run.

"They have big kids that are very capable of matching our scheme of offense and defense," he said.

John Marshall High School Principal Corey Murphy said Goodrich brings the experience of building programs from the ground up and a track record of winning. Goodrich said the first step toward achieving the same at John Marshall will be getting kids to believe again.

"We have to work the halls and get those kids to recruit," he said. "I don't know what the problem was, why they quit, but we need to get them out and give me and our system a chance."

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