Goda makes mark in classroom at Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania's most dangerous wide receiver on the football field, Devin Goda is also scoring in the classroom.
A 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound junior from Monongahela and Elizabeth Forward High School, Goda recently received ESPN Academic All-District 2 College Division first-team honors in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
As a first-team Academic All-District selection, Goda is now eligible for an Academic All-America honor.
To qualify for the academic all-district honors, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.
The district consists of all colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and District of Columbia that are not affiliated with NCAA Division I.
Goda was Slippery Rock's top pass receiver in 2010 with 54 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked fourth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in receptions per game at 5.4. His receptions total this fall was the fifth highest in school history. He received second-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. In 2009, Goda caught a team-high 31 balls for 466 yards and three touchdowns with a season-long reception of 44 yards. During his 2008 freshman season, Goda caught 13 balls for 175 yards.
The Rock finished the 2010 season with a 6-5 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the PSAC-West that earned the team a share of fourth place in the eight-team division.
Goda was one of seven PSAC student athletes to earn first-team Academic All-District football honors this fall. As a first-team Academic All-District selection, Goda is now eligible for an Academic All-America honor.
A safety major at Slippery Rock, Goda was a three-sport star in high school and owns a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average. He was a two-time All-WPIAL selection during his scholastic days at Elizabeth Forward High School and also starred in baseball and basketball.
Donora's Brian Bowman completed his first season as the head coach at Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg with a 4-6 overall record. The football team had won just four games total from 2006-2009. Bowman served as an assistant coach with Central Dauphin in 2009.
Bowman starred at Ringgold High School and Penn State as Brian Miller. After his college days, he changed his surname from Miller to Bowman, opting to use the same as his father, Benjie Bowman, who was an outstanding athlete at Clairton High School.
He is Ringgold's third-leading scorer in basketball with 1,337 points and was a key starter on the Rams' 1989-90 team that went 29-3 overall, won the WPIAL Class AAAA title and was a state Class AAAA finalist. Bowman was also a 1,000-yard rusher and two-way standout in football.
Bowman was a three-year starting cornerback at Penn State and had a free-agent tryout with the New Orleans Saints despite suffering a serious hamstring injury his senior year with the Nittany Lions.
He began his football coaching career in 2002 by serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Marvale High School in Phoenix.
In 2005, he returned to Pennsylvania and was an assistant coach for one year at Harrisburg High School before coaching at Susquehanna Township for three seasons. Bowman is also a guidance counselor at Central Dauphin East.