A familiar face around the Scooba campus, local product Morgan Goodrich begins her sixth year as head coach of East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo program.
Going head-to-head mostly against university-level teams within the competitive Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Goodrich’s EMCC teams continue to make an impact on the collegiate rodeo scene heading into their sixth year of competition. For the second consecutive year, the East Mississippi men’s squad achieved a school-best national team finish by placing 25th at the College National Finals Rodeo held this past June in Casper, Wyo. The year prior, the Lions finished 28th nationally at the 2014 CNFR.
Goodrich’s EMCC program has now been represented in the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo all five years since the program’s inception in 2010. This past year, bull rider Winston Cheek placed sixth in the CNFR championship finals, while EMCC was also represented at nationals by two other 2014-15 team members, two former EMCC cowboys and a signee. With as many as eight former EMCC student-athletes having competed in rodeo at the four-year level, East Mississippi has now had Top 10 CNFR individual finishers each of the past three years. Previously, former EMCC cowboy and four-time CNFR participant Will Lummus went on to compete as a valuable member of UT Martin’s 2014 national championship team.
Prior to assuming the school’s rodeo coaching duties in 2010, Goodrich served a four-year stint as an assistant basketball coach on Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions staff at East Mississippi Community College. She was a staff member on the 2008-09 EMCC women’s basketball team that posted a 25-7 overall record and participated in the NJCAA Tournament in Kansas.
A life-long resident of Scooba, Miss., Goodrich lettered for the Lady Lions during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 basketball seasons under the guidance of former EMCC coaching veteran Dale Peay. She earned Phi Theta Kappa academic honors and graduated with honors from East Mississippi Community College.
Goodrich went on to hone her rodeo skills at the collegiate level as a member of the rodeo team at the University of West Alabama, having earned Reserve Champion status as an All-Around Cowgirl during her stay at UWA. She also qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in the barrel racing competition.
Goodrich competed in basketball and rodeo during her high school career at Kemper Academy in DeKalb, Miss. Earning all-state and all-district basketball honors as a senior, she helped lead coach Mike Luke’s 1997-98 Lady Rams to a runner-up finish in the Mississippi Private School Association State Tournament. She established a new school record by scoring 42 points in a single game during the tournament.
Having participated in rodeo competitions since the fourth grade, Goodrich most recently claimed the title as the 2011 Champion Breakaway Roper at the La Honda Rodeo in California for the second time in a four-year span. She was also the 2010 Pat Deaton Memorial Team Roping Champion. Goodrich previously earned the title as 2000 Rookie Champion in the breakaway roping event by the Professional Cowboy Association.
Formerly Morgan Gully, she is married to Wes Goodrich, who is a 20-year member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Formerly a top 20 performer in the PRCA circuit during the 2001 and 2002 rodeo campaigns, he most recently claimed the 2008 PRCA Heartland Finals Qualifier.
They are the parents of one daughter, Shadow.