Jaye (Schuler) Goodman played volleyball for Belmont from 2004-2007. A three-time All-Atlantic Sun performer, Jaye helped lead the volleyball to an 87-38 match record and the program’s first berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2006. She recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about her experiences at Belmont and her life with her husband Phil in Nashville.
Why did you choose Belmont?
The number one reason I choose Belmont is that it felt like a great fit for me. Coming from a small hometown it was important to me to have the opportunity to get to know my professors and fellow classmates. I really liked that at Belmont I would see familiar faces but at the same time have the opportunity to meet new people. I knew Belmont would be a place that I would be pushed to grow as a person and as an athlete. Ultimately I fell in love with everything the school had to offer.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
My fondest athletic memory is winning the 2006 conference championship on our home court! Being able to play the conference tournament on our home court and celebrating the win with our fans is something that I will never forget. The support of Dr. Bob Fisher, Mike Strickland and the athletic department staff as a whole was incredible throughout my time at Belmont. My fondest memory off the court is the volleyball team mission trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What a life-changing experience!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
My coaches and teammates definitely had the biggest influence on my athletic career. My coaches took the time to invest in me and pushed me to reach my potential as a player. The relationships built among my teammates off the court helped us to have the success we experienced on the court. They are all amazing people! My teammates were and are my biggest supporters and encouragers.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
There are numerous things I learned during my time at Belmont. One of the most valuable things is to sincerely invest in the people and community around me.
What advice would you give to current members of the volleyball team?
Do your best to enjoy every moment. The demands placed on you as a student-athlete are many but every preseason, early morning workout, road trip and the hours upon hours in the gym are all worth it. It won’t always be easy or fun, but you have the honor and opportunity to play a Division 1 sport and you get to represent an incredible institution! There aren’t many people in this world that can say that! Enjoy the small things like the pre-game locker room dance parties, the long bus trips, the incredible wins and the tough losses because before you know it your playing career will be over.
Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. Mike Awalt (Philosophy) and Dr. Patrick Schneider (Exercise Science).
I took a Philosophy class with Dr. Awalt during my junior year. I’m not a huge fan of philosophy and the class didn’t come easy to me. Dr. Awalt made it clear that he truly cared about the students in his classes and he was a huge supporter of Belmont student athletes. I could always count on him to ask for a full report after each match.
I spent many hours sitting in Dr. Schneider’s classes. He was a great teacher that always made the material he was presenting interesting. His passion for the Exercise Science field was evident. He has a wealth of knowledge and wants to pass that knowledge onto his students. In addition, he showed that he cared and wanted each student to be successful and was willing to do whatever he could to help his students reach their goals.
Where do you live now?
I live in the Bellevue area of Nashville.
What is your occupation?
I am the office assistant in the College Counseling office at Brentwood Academy. No two days at my job are the same. I am responsible for serving our students and handling a multitude of different things. I truly enjoy engaging with students about their college plans and it’s exciting to walk with them through the college search process. Of course when the opportunity arises I always encourage them to take a look at Belmont!
Tell us about your family.
My husband Phil and I met in early 2009 and got married in June 2010. We currently live with our 3 year-old dog Sadie.
If you are a former Belmont student-athlete and want to participate in this series, please contact John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.