From headquarters reports
Adam Godwin’s time as head coach of the Randolph men’s soccer team came to an end after four seasons.
Godwin, who has called Lynchburg home for the past two decades, is retiring to join the University of Florida women’s soccer team as an assistant coach.
“Leaving Randolph is undoubtedly the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my career,” Godwin said in a press release from Randolph. “… I want to thank the student-athletes that I have had the honor of coaching during these four years. You will never know what effect you had on me. You have made me a better coach and a better person. my family i love you guys the most and wish you all the very best. I will support you every step of the way, on and off the field.”
In four seasons at RC, Godwin led the WildCats to a 34-22-7 record with a .595 win percentage. Randolph’s last team posted a 14-3-2 record under Godwin, earning a place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championship for the first time in six years. The .789 win percentage in 2021 was the second-best in the program’s history, and the 14 wins, including wins over then-undefeated and No. 1 Washington and Lee, were the most since 2013.
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Godwin players have received 10 all-conference awards, five state awards, four regional awards, and one All-America award. Evan Blow, an All-American honoree, has been named ODAC Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.
The WildCats have also received the United Soccer Coaches academic award, which is given to programs that achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA as a team over the past three seasons. No other Randolph team had received this award prior to his arrival.
“It’s easy to appreciate the huge impact Coach Godwin has had on the men’s football program at Randolph. It is even easier to appreciate the positive culture that he has created not only on the field, but in the classroom, in the community and in our society. It’s also easy to see why a brand like the Florida Gators were looking for his ability,” RC Athletic Director Tom Galbraith said in a press release.
Links to Lynchburg for Godwin, a native of Hereford, England, go back to the early 2000s when he attended Liberty University. There he played in the men’s program and ended up working in the non-football sports department. Godwin was also an assistant at LU and Lynchburg University’s women’s football programs before taking his first head coaching position at Randolph ahead of the 2019 season.
Randolph said in a release that a national search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Liberty Reaffirms 3-Star Quarterback’s Commitment
Hank Brown, a rising senior quarterback at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, verbally pledged Liberty’s commitment Thursday. It becomes the fourth verbal commit in the recruitment class of 2023.
At 6’4″ and 195 pounds, Brown is rated as a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals. He had seven submitted offers, including from Power Five programs in Illinois, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh.
Brown joins a recruiting class that now has four three-star prospects in Brown, wide receivers Quentin Thomas and Jeremiah Slack, and linebacker Olan Robinson.
Brown has yet to start a game for Lipscomb Academy, coached by former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer. Brown spent the 2021 season as a stand-in for Cincinnati-signing Luther Richesson.
Lynchburg and Liberty are in the top 100 in the Directors’ Cup standings.
Lynchburg finished 55th in the NCAA Division III Directors’ Cup standings and Liberty finished 74th in the Division I standings.
The Hornets finished second among Old Dominion Athletic Conference teams in the DIII standings. Washington and Lee finished 12th overall.
In the fall, UL scored 173 out of 325 points thanks to top 35 finishes in men’s and women’s teams in cross country, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer.
Winter and spring sports combined for 152 points, helped by strong performances in baseball, men’s lacrosse, and men’s track and field.
Liberty was the highest scoring team at the ASUN conference with 272.5 points. In the fall, the Flames scored 90 of 162 points, finishing second in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament.
In the spring, men’s golf, softball, and men’s tennis totaled 110.5 points. No winter sports have earned Liberty points.
Samuel Vasquez received his first promotion to an affiliate member of the Cleveland Guardians earlier this month when he joined Lynchburg. The right-hander’s first two performances were wrestling.
The 22-year-old gave up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning as the Down East broke a late game to win a second straight win over the Hillcats at Bank of James Stadium.
Vasquez (0-1) has been with Cleveland’s Rookie since signing in 2018, and his first two appearances with the Hillcats didn’t look good. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 1⅔ innings.
The Wood Ducks (30–31) took advantage of Vazquez’s inefficiency as the first three batters reached singles (one was wiped out on a stolen base) and a wild pitch saw Máximo Acosta hit the go-ahead.
Xavier Valentine’s sacrificial fly brought Yossi Galan insurance that was not necessary.
Bradford Webb (3-3) faced two over the minimum in his four relief innings. He struck out eight and allowed two hits.
The Hillcats (31-30) had chances against Wood Ducks starting lineup Josh Stefan. They had runners in scoring positions in the first and second innings and did not run across.
Lynchburg struck first in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Brown (2 of 3) doubled with one out to left field and scored on Wilfrey Peralta’s single.
Down East responded in the top of the sixth when Efrenier Narvaez (2 of 3) played a single that scored against Derwin Barreto.
Hillcats starter Jack Leftwich allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out eight in 5⅔ innings. Juan Zapata allowed one hit and struck out four over 2⅓ scoreless innings.