Longtime Southern California tennis official Jane Goodman has won some of the top and most prestigious awards handed out to tennis umpires and referees, including the McGovern Award a few years back, the highest national honor bestowed on a USTA certified official.
But the longtime Sherman Oaks resident Goodman calls her upcoming induction into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, “at the top of the list, easily.”
Goodman will be joined by Alycia Moulton, Gretchen Rush, and Virginia Brown as the quartet will be honored at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 12, at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Every two years, the ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional players, coaches and contributors in women’s intercollegiate tennis.
Goodman said she is honored to be joining such an elite group and into her first Hall of Fame. “I was really surprised but delighted,” she added. “Officials rarely get this kind of recognition.”
The ITA press release said that Goodman has “long been considered the authority in the United States on collegiate tennis rules and interpretations, having served as the ITA Rules Committee liaison for many years.” The press release also stated: “She recently retired her post as Head Referee of the NCAA Women’s Division I Championship, a position she held for over two decades. She was the recipient of the USTA John McGovern award in 2013, the highest honor a United States official or referee can receive. Goodman serves as the Head Referee for the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships and Pac-12 Conference Championships (men and women). She’s been a mentor to hundreds of officials throughout her tenure.”
Goodman recalled in an earlier interview her most memorable match officiating was Chris Evert’s final match of her career that took place at the US Open.
Goodman was asked what has been the most satisfying part of her long career. “I hope that I have had something to do with the improvement of collegiate officiating over the years,” she said.
Goodman will thank lots of people during her acceptance speech, as she is always quick to remember those she has met and worked with along the way, especially her mentor Bob Cranor. “He gave me my first job as a professional linesman,” Goodman said a few years back. “He gave me my first job as a professional chair. He gave me my first job as a collegiate referee.”
Goodman’s last NCAA event was 2014, after 21 years. In 2017 she will once again be the assistant Chief of Officials at the BNP Paribas Open in March, and will work as the Pac-12 Referee for the men and women at The Ojai in April.
“I’m just taking it one at a time,” she said, adding one last piece of advice for aspiring and upcoming officials. “In any officiating position, if you are no longer having fun, don’t do it.”
— Steve Pratt