Aleah Goodman is returning to college basketball.
The former Oregon State star has joined Duke's Women's Basketball team as the Director of Recruiting and Player Personnel, the school announced Thursday.
Goodman averaged 16.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game last season for the Beaves before going on to be drafted by the Connecticut Sun with the No.30 pick in the 2021 WNBA draft.
Goodman appeared in just one game for the Sun before her contract was terminated on May 17th.
When one door closes, another one opens, and Goodman was more than ready to start the next chapter of her basketball career.
Said Goodman, "[Coach Lawson] is someone who I have always admired, and I had the opportunity to get to know her while playing 3x3 with Team USA. Coaching has always been a passion of mine and I knew it was the career I was interested in once I was done playing. When I learned of the possibility to join the women's basketball staff at Duke and be surrounded by and gain knowledge from some of the most experienced and accomplished coaches, it was something that I had to pursue."
"Aleah is a basketball person," said Duke WBB head coach Kara Lawson in the official press release. "She loves the game and will be a great teacher. Our relationship goes back a couple of years. I loved coaching her and we would talk during our team meals about strategy and coaching. When the opportunity to bring her aboard as a part of our staff presented itself, it was a no-brainer. She will be an asset to our program and I know our staff will be able to help her grow as a young coach. Having a former player now on our staff is very special because I'm passionate about helping them reach their goals."