After spending the last 40 years serving as the head coach of the University of New Hampshire’s gymnastics team, Gail Goodspeed decided to call it a career on Tuesday.
Having just guided her team to the 2019 Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League championship, Goodspeed will officially retire on June 30 as a champion.
“I am honored to have worked with such amazing student-athletes for the past 40 years,” Goodspeed said. “Along with my husband Ed Datti and numerous great assistant coaches, we have built a program that represents the University of New Hampshire at the highest level.”
Over her four decades in Durham, Goodspeed accumulated a 648-327-2 (.665) record, leading UNH to seven league titles (four ECAC, three EAGL) while qualifying for the postseason 38 times. The Wildcats also appeared in the NCAA Regional Championships in 36 of the last 38 years.
Goodspeed has coached one NCAA All-American (Lori Brady, Class of 1992), four NIT All-Americans, nine NCAA champion gymnasts, 31 ECAC champs, four ECAC Gymnasts of the Year and three EAGL Gymnasts of the Year.
“We have developed lifetime friendships with the gymnasts, members of the athletic department and the UNH/Durham community,” Goodspeed added. “We look forward to being UNH fans and supporting all of our teams.”