Coaches
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Jim Routhier
Head Coach- 9th Season

Jim Routhier begins his ninth season as the Maple Leafs head coach in 2017.  In eight seasons, he has led them to a 122-147 overall mark, placing him second on the program's all-time wins list to Sue Roth's 316.

He has coached 30 all-conference players in those eight seasons, including Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Year Peni Acayo in 2009.  Acayo, a senior in Routhier's first season, was also the program's first First Team NAIA All-American that season. His teams have also accumulated 30 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

In his first eight years, the Maple Leafs held an impressive 59-39 mark (.602 winning percentage) on their home court, Gunden Gymnasium.

Routhier has led his Goshen squads to a pair of league tournament semifinals and took the 2009 team to its first-ever league tournament championship match.  Prior to his tenure, the Maple Leafs had made it to just one tournament semifinal in program history.

Prior to coming to Goshen, Routhier spent 22 seasons at the helm of Concord High School (Elkhart, Ind.).  He compiled an incredible record of 472-179 while leading the Minutemen to four Northern Lakes Conference Championships, two section championships and one Indiana State Elite Eight appearance. Routhier celebrated his 900th career match as a head coach with a win at Anderson University on September 13, 2016 at Anderson University; the Ravens' coach, Tami Miller, played for him at Concord.

As a high school coach, Routhier has sent more than 50 of his former players on to play college ball at all levels, including the likes of Ohio State and Indiana. A former college player himself, Routhier played under volleyball icon Don Shondell at Ball State University.

Also a science teacher and assistant athletic trainer at Concord, Routhier retired in the spring of 2010.  He was a recipient of the NLC Service Award for his work as a coach and in starting Concord's Athletic Training Program.  During his tenure, Routhier was also named the NLC Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Year Overall MCC/CL Postseason
2009 17-16 4-4 MCC Championship Match
2010 18-15 7-8 MCC Quarterfinals
2011 17-15 8-10 MCC Quarterfinals
2012 16-22 8-10 CL Semifinals
2013 9-25 3-15 CL Quarterfinals
2014 16-17 8-10 CL Quarterfinals
2015 16-18 6-12 CL Quarterfinals
2016 13-19 7-11 CL Quarterfinals
CAREER 122-147 51-80  

 

 
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Jim Daugherty
Assistant Coach- 4th Season

Entering his fourth  season as an assistant women's volleyball coach for the Maple Leafs in 2017, Jim Daugherty continues a volleyball career that dates back to 1973. He will also serve as the inaugural head coach of the Maple Leaf men's volleyball team when that sport debuts in January 2019.

Daugherty played club volleyball from 1977-84 before serving as an assistant coach at Plymouth High School. At Plymouth, Daugherty was an assistant on the first conference- and sectional-champion team in school history. He was a head coach at Culver Community High School and most recently spent four years as the head coach at Argos High School.

Active in the club scene as well, Daugherty coached the South Bend Shamrocks in 1984 and 1985. In 1986, he founded the Marshall County Volleyball Club, serving as a board member for seven years, and was instrumental in starting the North Central Indiana Power Volleyball League. Most recently, he has worked for the Dunes Volleyball Club coaching the 17 Teal Elite Team.

Daugherty is married to his wife, Susie; the couple has two children, Wil and Hannah, and lives in rural Marshall County.

 
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Whitney Pyle
Assistant Coach- 4th Season

Whitney Pyle begins her fourth season on the Goshen College coaching staff in 2017 after spending three previous seasons as an assistant coach at two local high schools, Argos and Bremen.

A Plymouth, Ind., native, the former Whitney Ottow graduated from Plymouth High School. She played two years of collegiate volleyball at Ancilla College in Plymouth, where she was named academic all-conference, before transferring to Tennessee Wesleyan College, where she finished her career and was named second team all-conference.

 
Lexa Magnuson
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
 
Amber Tate
Student Assistant
 
Riley Martin
Student Assistant