February 29, 2012—Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) has named Nathan Goodman
as the new head coach for the Centurion boys tennis team.
Originally from California, Goodman relocated to Louisville to attend The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary where he graduated with a Masters in Divinity in 2010. Goodman played competitive
Southern Cal junior tennis, has competed in national tournaments, and was an All-American at Azusa
Pacific University. He is currently a teaching pro at Louisville Indoor Racquet Club.
“We are excited to add Coach Goodman to our head coaching ranks. His prior experience as a college
player, a high school coach, and teaching pro will challenge our students’ athletic skills and competitive
edge. Coach Goodman will be a great example for our young men to grow spiritually,” said Darin Long,
Director of Athletics at CAL.
Goodman has coached all over Southern California, ranging from tennis academies, high school teams,
resorts, and tennis outreach ministries. Goodman has also helped coach CAL summer tennis camps.
“I get to teach and coach all the time, but I’m looking forward to doing it in a Christian environment. I
want to push each player to be the best they can be. I also want them to better understand what it
means to be a part of a team that is competitive but also glorifies God in the process,” Goodman said.
Having lost most of the varsity starters, including Brett Johnson, singles state semifinalist, and Logan
Knott who doubled with Jordan Knott as Sweet 16 state finalists, Goodman recognizes that this
upcoming season may be tough.
“I want our guys to work hard and be competitive,” said Goodman. “Our goal will be to win matches
and have a great time doing it. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work at CAL and I hope to be an
encouragement to my players not just in tennis, but in life.”
Todd Hammond, former head tennis coach for the Centurions, is stepping down to assistant coach due
to a change in career opportunities.
“We are saddened that Coach Hammond has to step down, but we are blessed that he will still be able
to remain as an assistant coach helping lead our team,” said Long.