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Dr. Roger J. Goudy

2014 - present

The 47th president of the AAU, as President & CEO of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the longest-tenured youth sports organization in the world, Dr. Roger J. Goudy has dedicated his life to youth sports. Actively involved in amateur sports for the last 40 years, he was AAU National Secretary (1994-2014) before becoming President/CEO in 2014. AAU Volleyball National Chair, he spearheaded the growth of the largest volleyball tournament in the world, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Orange County Convention Center since 1992. The marquee event for the number one sport in the AAU, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships attracted more than 2,800 teams and 45,000 participants from across the United States and the world in 2019, generating an economic impact of $101 million to the local economy. It has won numerous awards, including SportsTravel’s Best Amateur Sports event in 2017, 2019. The event was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest volleyball tournament in 2012, a record the event has broken each year since Dr. Goudy sits on the board of Visit Orlando and has received industry awards such as National Association of Sport Commission’s Sports Event Organizer of the Year (2017), Sports Events Magazine's Sports Events Planners to Watch (2017, 2018) and was named one of Orlando Business Journal CEO’s of the Year in 2018. In 2017, he created the AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the AAU’s only female president dedicated to recognizing those athletes whose efforts both, on and off their playing surface on the national or international stage, have paved the way for great change in amateur sports. In 2019, the International School Sport Federation (ISF) elected Dr. Goudy as its Continental President of America. The ISF is recognized by the IOC to organize world championships for ages 13-18 years, including 119 countries. Also, in 2019, Dr. Goudy signed a partnership with the National Fitness Foundation (NFF) to have the AAU administer the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), a program aimed at modernizing fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress. This made the AAU the only organization in the country to manage in-school and out-of-school youth sports and fitness programs. Before becoming AAU president, Dr. Goudy was a Superintendent of Schools for the Madison District in Ohio from 2008-2016. Dr. Goudy, holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron, a Master of Science Degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Idaho and was in the Weatherhead Professional Fellows Program from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
The 47th president of the AAU, as President & CEO of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the longest-tenured youth sports organization in the world, Dr. Roger J. Goudy has dedicated his life to youth sports. Actively involved in amateur sports for the last 40 years, he was AAU National Secretary (1994-2014) before becoming President/CEO in 2014. AAU Volleyball National Chair, he spearheaded the growth of the largest volleyball tournament in the world, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Orange County Convention Center since 1992. The marquee event for the number one sport in the AAU, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships attracted more than 2,800 teams and 45,000 participants from across the United States and the world in 2019, generating an economic impact of $101 million to the local economy. It has won numerous awards, including SportsTravel’s Best Amateur Sports event in 2017, 2019. The event was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest volleyball tournament in 2012, a record the event has broken each year since Dr. Goudy sits on the board of Visit Orlando and has received industry awards such as National Association of Sport Commission’s Sports Event Organizer of the Year (2017), Sports Events Magazine's Sports Events Planners to Watch (2017, 2018) and was named one of Orlando Business Journal CEO’s of the Year in 2018. In 2017, he created the AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the AAU’s only female president dedicated to recognizing those athletes whose efforts both, on and off their playing surface on the national or international stage, have paved the way for great change in amateur sports. In 2019, the International School Sport Federation (ISF) elected Dr. Goudy as its Continental President of America. The ISF is recognized by the IOC to organize world championships for ages 13-18 years, including 119 countries. Also, in 2019, Dr. Goudy signed a partnership with the National Fitness Foundation (NFF) to have the AAU administer the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), a program aimed at modernizing fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress. This made the AAU the only organization in the country to manage in-school and out-of-school youth sports and fitness programs. Before becoming AAU president, Dr. Goudy was a Superintendent of Schools for the Madison District in Ohio from 2008-2016. Dr. Goudy, holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron, a Master of Science Degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Idaho and was in the Weatherhead Professional Fellows Program from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.