Aug. 10, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's head tennis coach Simone Jardim has announced the hiring of Shelley Godwin as the assistant women's tennis coach. Godwin, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, joins the second-year head coach as the Spartans look to build upon a successful 2008-09 campaign.
"Shelley joins the program with experience playing and leading an SEC team," said Jardim. "Her experience will be of great help for MSU and I strongly believe the team will respond well to her coaching style and personality. I'm excited to have her on board as she possesses great leadership ability."
Godwin will begin her first season with the Spartans this season. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2009, Godwin has already established an impressive resume in a short period of time. She replaces Mariusz Adamski who returned to his native Poland to pursue other opportunities.
Godwin has been serving as an intern with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) over the past three months in completion of her degree at Alabama. While with the SEC, she aided in all facets of the conferences day-to-day operations. Godwin gained valuable experience while assisting with the SEC Baseball tournament, as well as various media days over the course of the summer.
"I am very excited for this opportunity here with Michigan State," said Godwin. "I think it will be a great opportunity for me to get my feet wet in the coaching world. With Coach Jardim going to be out on maternity leave in September, I will be able to gain valuable experience as a coach pretty quickly."
Godwin previously served as a tennis instructor at the Alabama Tennis Camp during the summers over the course of her tenure. As an instructor, Godwin provided individual training for high school athletes, fine-tuning their game in preparation for tennis at the collegiate level. She assisted in weekly structured practices while helping to improve the technical skills of each player.
As a student-athlete, Godwin earned a handful of accolades during her time at Alabama. Most recently in 2009, Godwin was named as an ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award honoree. The Arthur Ashe award goes to the women's tennis player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
"I suffered a back injury which forced me to sit out the fall portion of my junior season," added Godwin. "That experience allowed me to see leadership from a different perspective, basically as a coach. The opportunity allowed me to take my game to another level and sparked my interest in coaching at the collegiate level upon graduation."
Godwin, who served as a team captain since her sophomore season, was also a member of the Academic All-SEC team all four years while with the Tide. She has been a member of the Dean's List at Alabama since 2007.
Godwin finished her career at Alabama with 88 combined singles and doubles victories (59 singles, 29 doubles). Off the court, Godwin served as the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative as she was instrumental in coordinating the tennis teams community service activities throughout all of Tuscaloosa. While serving as the SAAC representative, Godwin attended the Fall 2008 SEC SAAC Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Godwin graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science.