ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) — Last year, Devon Goetz was a stand-out player on Richard Montgomery’s softball team. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a three-sport athlete. This season, Rockets Head Coach John Horton isn’t letting Goetz play softball.
“That was terrible hard,” said Horton. “That really set in a chain of events.”
It’s not that Horton didn’t want Goetz to play, but that he was looking out for her best interest. His star player tore her ACL during field hockey season and thought she could recover in time for softball season.
“I thought I was going to be able to get back in four or five months,” said Goetz.
That’s a quick recovery for a professional athlete, so Horton stepped in with a mandate for Goetz: sit out this season and fully heal.
Although Goetz is a junior and has one more year of eligibility, she said she still wanted to play softball this season.
“I was worried I wouldn’t be able to play collegiate sports and I was concerned about leaving my team,” said Goetz.
But she didn’t have to leave the team. Horton told Goetz she she could help him coach — something both Goetz and her teammates would come to love. The move also helped guide the Rockets to a great season. Richard Montgomery only had three losses on the year.