Director of Athletics for 26 years, women's basketball coach for 19 seasons
With a 30-2 men's team trying to defend its national title, and a 28-3 women's team also headed to the Elite Eight, Western Washington is enjoying remarkable basketball success.
Western Washington University athletic director Lynda Goodrich admits she didn't get much sleep last weekend when the school played host to two regional tournaments in the NCAA Division II Tournament, but she's sure she must have been dreaming on Tuesday night, March 19
Viking student-athletes rank 14 points higher than NCAA II average
Vikings move up seven spots in comprehensive study of both academics and athletics
LYNDA GOODRICH - DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
In 26th year as WWU director of athletics ... Under her direction, the Vikings have won nine national championships and another nine individual national titles and have posted four straight top 15 finishes among 310 schools in Learfield Sports Directors Cup Division II National All-Sports standings, being sixth in 2009-10 and seventh in 2010-11 ... WWU claimed a fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports championship in 2011-12, its eighth title in the 11-year history of conference ... 2006 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics NCAA II West Region Athletics Director of the Year ... Named WWU's Sports Impact Person of the Century (1900-99) and inducted into Western's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 ... Inducted into Northwest Women's Hall of Fame in 2000, Lake Stevens High School Hall of Fame in 2004 and into Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 ... Selected NAIA Pacific Northwest Region Women's Administrator of the Year in 1996-97, Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Female Administrator of the Year in 1994-95 and NAIA District 1 Female Administrator of the Year in 1991-92 ... Finalist for Whatcom County Business Woman of the Year in 1992 ... Received Distinguished Alumnus Award from Western's Alumni Association in 1988 and named Whatcom County Sports Person of the Year in 1987 ... Past member of NCAA II Championships Committee ... Instrumental in rebuilding and reshaping WWU's sports program ... Under her direction, WWU Athletics has earned reputation as leader both regionally and nationally ... Accomplishments include seven NCAA II national championships in women's rowing and one in men's basketball, Top 100 national all-sports standing finishes in all 14 seasons as NCAA II member (last nine among top 50), and school's first national title when softball took NAIA crown in 1998 ... Other noteworthy accomplishments are raising funds for strength and fitness center, softball field upgrade and upcoming installation of multipurpose field, introducing highly successful annual fund drive, auction, and golf tournament to raise scholarship monies, adding fastpitch and golf as varsity sports for women, and implementing a strong marketing program that helped set attendance records in all sports ... Previously was associate athletic director for two years and headed women's sports program for seven years ... Inducted into NAIA National Hall of Fame in 1986 as coach in women's basketball ... Named Vikings' Female Coach of the Century (1900-99) ... Became only third NAIA women's basketball coach to reach the 400 milestone in career victories ... Posted 411-125 record in 19 seasons at Western ... Directed Vikings to three District 1 championships and two Bi-District I crowns, both times reaching quarterfinals at NAIA National Tournament; and three regional titles and subsequent trips to AIAW Nationals ... Finalist for National Division II Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1982 ... Never had losing season, while posting 13 20-win campaigns and reaching post-season play 18 times ... Assistant coach for East team that won silver medal at 1985 National Sports Festival ... Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International ... Also coached and taught five years at West Seattle High School ... Obtained bachelor's degree in 1966 and master's degree in 1973, both at Western ... Graduate of Lake Stevens High School ... Also coached golf, tennis, track, and volleyball at Western ... 67 years old.
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