NEWBERRY - A trio of youthful, but experienced, individuals have joined the Newberry College athletics staff to man the operations of athletic communications this year.
Joining assistant athletic director Josh Manck, who begins his ninth year at Newberry are Chris Downey, Chas Goodwin and Evan Nicely. Senior student Caitlyn Smith will also assist the department.
Downey will be using his time at Newberry to complete his B.S. degree in Sport Management at Western Carolina University. He will graduate in December of 2014 with this degree as well a minor in Coaching. As a student at Western Carolina, Downey worked with the Sports Information Department for four years, serving in various areas throughout his time. He also worked with the Southern Conference on five separate Championships, including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track & field.
Prior to Western Carolina, Downey served as a Grade 8 USSF official for three years in the Charlotte area. Outside of working within collegiate athletics, he serves as a graphic designer and writer for “Sabres Hockey Central”, a Buffalo Sabres fan website.
Chris, a Rochester, N.Y., native, currently lives in Charlotte, N.C. He will work primarily with field hockey, tennis and men's basketball.
Goodwin returns to the athletic communications department for the 2014-15 academic year. He served as a student assistant in the Newberry College athletic communications department for three years. During that time he served as a statistician for baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and football while also assisting with game operations. He served as the lead statistician for the 2013 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament hosted by Newberry College.
Goodwin graduated summa cum laude from Newberry in May 2014 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration and Biology. He received the highest academic honors awarded by Newberry College, receiving Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and being inducted into the Bachman Honors Society.
During his tenure at Newberry, Goodwin was a catcher for the baseball team for four years, leading the team to four straight South Atlantic Conference tournament appearances. He served as captain for his junior and senior seasons and was a preseason all-South Atlantic Conference selection in 2014 before suffering a season ending injury midway through the year. He earned two CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections (2013-14) and Academic All-America Honors in 2014.
Goodwin is a Greer, South Carolina, native. He will primarily work with the volleyball, golf and baseball programs.
Nicely joins the athletic communications department after graduating cum laude from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Sports Communication.
While at Madison, he served as a student assistant in the JMU Athletic Communications office working under the Assistant Athletic Director in various roles with all 17 Division I varsity athletic teams competing in the Colonial Athletic Association.
He served as a color commentator and analyst for both JMU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs during the 2013-14 season as well as softball for MadiZone HD SportsNet. He also anchored a live 25-minute pregame highlight show production of JMU Dukes Sportscenter.
Prior to that, Nicely served as a sports reporter for the student newspaper The Breeze. He covered the JMU women’s basketball team and their run to the quarterfinals in the WNIT. He also covered football and men’s soccer. The Breeze was named the top mid-sized, non-daily newspaper in the state by the Virginia Press Association during his time there.
Nicely was also a beat reporter and columnist for the online college basketball blog CAAHoops.com and had articles featured on NBCSports.com’s “College Basketball Talk.” He covered JMU’s run to their first CAA tournament championship in 20 years and their trip to the NCAA tournament in 2012-13 season. Nicely hails from Roanoke, Va.. and will primarily work with the soccer, women's basketball and women's lacrosse programs.
Smith will work in the athletic communications office for her second academic year as a student. She will be the primary contact for the softball program after serving as media relations and social media intern for the East Texas Pump Jacks summer league baseball team in 2014.