Nick Goodreau, who has worked with and developed some of the best talent in the state through his Vermont Storm Fastpitch Softball club program, heads into his second season as the Saint Michael's softball head coach in the 2019-20 school year.
After being hired in August 2018, Goodreau inherited a team with only six experienced returners, one of which was among three Purple Knights who suffered season-ending injuries. Saint Michael's bested 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Merrimack College, 4-3, on March 30 and downed Northeast-10 Conference Championship qualifier Assumption College, 8-7, on April 25. Eleven losses came by three runs or fewer.
Goodreau is the owner, president and 18U-23U head coach for the Vermont Storm, taking the program's reins in 2014 and growing it from one team to five age-group squads with a year-round training program for more than 60 prospective college players. As a head coach, Goodreau had a 83-27-1 mark between 2015 and 2018, with his charges winning eight tournaments, including the last Vermont Rockets Invitationals each year and the 2017 and 2018 Lac St-Louis Lions Classics in Quebec. Nearly a dozen players from Goodreau's 2018 summer teams took their talents to the college level during the 2018-19 school year. Goodreau joined the Vermont Storm as a hitting and bench coach in 2013.
Goodreau, who introduced indoor fall and winter development training and instruction for Vermont Storm players, has recruited and developed numerous players who went on to compete in college. Over the years, Goodreau has worked with local sponsors to subsidize player costs while meeting annual fundraising goals, hiring coaches and coordinating all aspects of the teams in the Vermont Storm program.
Beyond the softball field, Goodreau has worked at Husky Injection Molding Systems in Milton since 2009. After serving as an Information Technology program and project manager for eight years, he became a Global IT Operations Support Manager in 2016, overseeing a diverse team of professionals from around the globe. Additionally, Goodreau oversees budget management and strategic planning in his role at Husky.
Goodreau is a graduate of Champlain College, earning a bachelor's degree in business management. He also completed his associate's degree in applied sciences from Star Technical Institute in systems and network design.