Feb. 15, 2013
Beth Goetz will join the Gophers' Athletics management team as a senior associate athletic director and the department's senior woman administrator, University of Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague announced today.
Goetz comes to Minnesota from Butler University, where she was an associate athletic director and the senior woman administrator since August 2008.
"I could not be more excited that Beth has decided to join our staff," said Teague. "We want to recruit exceptionally talented individuals to Minnesota and we did that with Beth. She is a perfect fit for this position and will serve our coaches and student-athletes well. Her expertise, experience and vast skill set will be a tremendous addition to our department as we move forward with Gopher Athletics."
Goetz is expected to begin her new role at Minnesota on March 4th.
"The University of Minnesota is an excellent institution with a first-class athletics program committed to the success of each of its student-athletes," said Goetz. "I am humbled and honored to be joining the Gopher family. I am grateful to Norwood Teague and the search committee for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to supporting the many exceptional student-athletes, coaches, and administrators as they continue to strive for both academic and athletic excellence."
While at Butler, Goetz served as the sport administrator for softball, volleyball and the men's and women's soccer programs. She previously supervised the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs. Goetz also worked closely with both of Butler's basketball programs and was the liaison for the women's team for post-season play.
"Beth is an elite-level administrator and leader," said Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens. "She earned the utmost respect of all whose paths she crossed with a great work ethic, ultimate integrity, genuine care for our student-athletes, and a passion for Butler athletics. We will certainly miss Beth, but are thrilled for both her and the University of Minnesota."
During her time at Butler she also had direct oversight of budget and financial aid. In addition, she was responsible for all aspects of compliance and eligibility, which included monitoring and adhering to all university, conference and NCAA rules. Goetz, who oversaw Title IX reviews and monitored the gender equity plan, was also responsible for all athletic department reports, including the university program evaluation, APR, GSR and EADA.
"This was an exciting search process with outstanding candidates, and we are thrilled to have Beth join our staff," said Minnesota women's gymnastics coach Meg Stephenson, who served as co-search committee chair. "Beth is well respected nationally by both men and women athletic administrators and coaches. She brings the quality, proven experience that is needed in this position and compliments our new leadership well."
Goetz spent 12 years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis prior to her time at Butler. She was an assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator for her final eight years and was the women's soccer team head coach for 11 years. Goetz also spent one season as an assistant coach with the women's soccer program. She led Missouri-St. Louis to eight winning seasons, a 120-90-10 overall record and was named the Great Lakes Valley Women's Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000.
Goetz was an accomplished collegiate soccer player and earned All-America recognition at Brevard College in North Carolina before heading to Clemson. She would lead the Tigers to a combined 29-11-1 record over the next two years.
"Beth is a true professional who has extensive experience in all facets of collegiate athletics: as a former student-athlete, as a former coach and as an administrator," said Minnesota women's soccer coach Stefanie Golan. "This background gives her the ability to critically analyze things from each perspective and to take each group into consideration as decisions are made. I know she is going to get things done and that we are going to be a better department with Beth on board."
Goetz earned an Associate of Arts degree from Brevard in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Clemson in 1996. She received her Master in Education degree from Missouri-St. Louis in 2000.