As we went through the nominations for this year’s Rockford Public
Schools Athletic Hall of Fame, someone casually questioned the resume of
nominated coach Andie Goff. Goff, you see, had a lot of tough seasons as
Rockford East’s girls softball coach. There were a lot of losses. There were
mercy-rule games. There were seasons where she could barely field a team.
But this is a classic case of “winning isn’t everything.” Goff had
something more important than wins. She had heart.
“It was always about the kids,” Goff has told me multiple times since
retiring from RPS 205 in 2014.
Goff will be inducted into the service award category when RPS 205 hosts
the seventh annual
Champions Ball and Hall of Fame on Feb. 23 at Radisson Hotel & Conference
Center. Her HOF classmates include Jefferson swimmers Scott Kitzman and Steve
Kitzman, East basketball player Skip Thoren, Auburn football and basketball player
Bobby Anderson, Rockford East High School student and former Rockford Peach
Jean Cione, and the 1964 West football team. Tickets are now on sale at rockfordsportscoalition.org.
Goff was involved in district athletics for four decades, coaching
multiple girls sports at multiple schools. She’s best known for her 27 years at
East in softball—the sport that also saw her spearhead the building of the home
softball field behind the high school.
She coached through years of struggling with lack of numbers, lack of
support and lack of facilities. In some cases, she coached when nobody else
wanted the job. She couldn't stand by and watch the girls not have the opportunity
“I never had any children,” Goff told the Rockford Register Star in
2014. “I think God’s plan for me was to be a mother to the children of
I’ve personally known Coach Goff for 20 years and have seen first-hand
how much Goff left a lasting impact on decades of young female athletes in our
district. That is so much more important than winning records.
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