Bobcats honor their military veterans on Veterans Day

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- A pair of distinguished military veterans are serving in a different capacity at Lees-McRae College, mentoring young men and women on and off the playing surface as members of an exceptional group of coaches.

Jeff Watson served in the United States National Guard from 2000 to 2004 before being medically discharged. Watson has been with the Bobcat athletic department for the last three years, serving LMC as an assistant coach with the Track & Field program, as well as holding the position of NCAA Compliance Officer. While with the Guard, Watson rose to the rank of Private First Class before being discharged.

James Goodridge enjoyed an exceptional four-year career in the United States Army, serving as a member of the Infantry after graduating from Basic Training with distinguished honors, which are reserved for the top one percent of all graduates. Goodridge was deployed to Florida in the fall of 2004 to help in the relief efforts following several devastating hurricanes that bombarded the state.

Goodridge also participated in Officer Candidate School in both 2005 and 2006, graduating with honors as a member of the top five percent in his graduating class. He is currently in his first season as the head men's volleyball coach at Lees-McRae.

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