Ed Goodman keeps plenty busy as the head coach of the Moss Farms Diving program, training young athletes and taking them to meets around the country.
And as if that job isn’t enough, Goodman also is coaching the Darton College diving team.
Goodman drives to Albany three days a week to work with the Cavaliers’ four divers and they come to Moultrie to work out at the Moose Moss Aquatics Center on Wednesdays.
“So when people ask me what I do in the mornings … this is what I do,” said Goodman.
Goodman is in his third year as the Darton coach, coaching two seasons before giving way to Drew Gunnels Aultman, a former Moss Farms diver and Albany Sports Hall of Fame member, who coached the team last year.
Aultman was named the Coach of the Year at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., last March.
She coached Crawford Berry to the NJCAA Diver of the Year Award at the championships after he took gold medals on both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. It was the first national championship won by Darton diver.
Lady Cavaliers Sarah Hoop and Kelsey Carniglia won gold and silver medals at the NCJAA championships.
When Aultman moved from Albany to Chattanooga last year, Goodman returned to his former position with the Cavaliers.
And Berry, Hoop and Carniglia are back this season and are joined on the Darton team by Adryan Blair.
All four have already qualified for the NJCAA Nationals, which will be held March 5-8 at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Berry is from Alpharetta and Blair is from Snellville, where he attended Shiloh High School.
Carniglia is from Duluth.
Hoop is the only out-of-state diver on the team. She is from Madison, Ala.
Goodman said the Darton pool has both 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.
Goodman joined the Moss Farms Diving staff in January 2006 as an assistant to Ron Piemonte and became the head coach in July 2006 when Piemonte left to become the head coach at Virginia Tech.
Since taking over the Moss Farms program, he has coached a number of outstanding divers, including Ryan Helms, who competed at Tennessee; Hannah Moore and Owen Blank, Georgia; and Anna Aguero, Auburn.
Four Moss Farms divers are currently diving collegiately, including Goodman’s daughters Kelsey, who is a senior at Florida State, and Haley, a sophomore at Georgia.
Ann Perry Blank, a senior, and Elizabeth Ann Kirkland, a freshman, also are diving at Georgia.