Alma, Mich. - Charlie Goffnett, the only head coach in the history of the Alma College women's golf team since, is stepping down from his position, it was announced recently by Steven Rackley, director of athletics. Goffnett, who has also been the men's golf coach since 2012, will remain with the department assisting the golf program as well as serving as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team.
"Charlie has become an institution at Alma College and what he has accomplished here has been amazing," Rackley said. "Not only did he take the women's basketball program to the NCAA Division III championship and establish Alma as a power in the MIAA, but he repeated that success in women's golf. To guide two different programs to a total of six MIAA championships is extraordinary, and I am so thankful that he will continue to remain with us in a supporting role."
"It's been a pleasure coaching golf over the years," Goffnett said. "It was a pleasure coaching the caliber of student-athlete that is attracted to Alma College. I'm excited about the establishment of a full-time director of golf position and I will continue to help the program in any capacity Mr. Rackley and the new coach decides is most productive."
Inducted into the Alma College Athletics Hall of Fame as a coach in 2015, Goffnett came to Alma College in 1987 to coach the women's basketball team. He compiled a record of 333-217 in 22 seasons as the head coach, guiding the Scots to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, five NCAA Tournament appearances, and the school's only NCAA Division III Championship in 1992.
Goffnett added coaching the women's golf team to his responsibilities when the school instituted the sport in 1991 and spent 27 seasons mentoring the Scots on the links. During his tenure, Alma won three MIAA championships, including the 1994 and 1995 squads, which won back-to-back titles while placing first at every MIAA Jamboree event. The 1997 team also won the league title behind four-time All-MIAA and MIAA medalist Jennifer Peters '00.
Under Goffnett, the Scots had 23 All-MIAA First Team performers as well as five MIAA MVPs and five league medalists. Under his mentorship, four-time All-MIAA student-athlete Cathy Curley '96 made three appearances in the NGCA Women's Golf Championships, playing in the event during the 1993, 1994, and 1995 campaigns. Goffnett also coached three-time MIAA Player of the Year Courtney Reinhardt '05, who earned All-America status in 2002.
Peters, Curley and Reinhart, along with former golfer Maggie Taylor '96, were inducted into the Alma College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015, while the 1994 and 1995 squads were inducted into the Hall of Fame as outstanding teams.
A scholarship was established in Goffnett's name in 2015 in honor of his extraordinary coaching achievements and his dedication and service to Alma College.
A 1990 graduate of Central Michigan University, Goffnett assisted with the basketball programs at Central Michigan, the University of St. Thomas (Texas) and the University of Texas before coming to Alma in 1987.
A search for a full-time head golf coach is currently underway.