COUNTY CONNECTION | Marion County's Kyvin Goodin-Rogers Finds Herself Back On The Court

10/25/2017 06:01 PM

Former UK and WKU women’s basketball player Kyvin Goodin-Rogers has found her way back onto the basketball court.

“I actually said that I would never be a coach because parents scare me,” she said with a laugh.

She didn’t think her future would look how it looks right now. Then again, a lot of her collegiate basketball career didn’t go how she had hoped.

“I honestly thought I’d be overseas [playing] or somewhere right now. That was my whole plan, but I thought it through and I’ll put it this way- I said I needed to start looking out more for my health because I have not looked out for my health because I’m like basketball or nothing,” Goodin-Rogers explained.

A blood clot her freshman year forced her to sit out. Two knee surgeries and two schools later, she prematurely ended her basketball career due to severe knee pain.

“It’s taught me a lot. It’s taught me how to be stronger mentally, physically,” She told Spectrum News. “It’s taught me how to talk to people, understand people, understand everybody is different, so I think I’ve grown a lot from it.”

She said her decision to transfer from Kentucky was tough, especially leaving her best friend and high school teammate Makayla Epps, but she felt it was something she had to do.

“You try your best and sometimes you feel like it’s just not enough, I guess and things happen,” Goodin-Rogers said. “Knee injuries, blood clots, broken fingers, broken thumbs, you know all that happens- it’s fine. It’s life. I knew that was going to come with it, but I think it had got to- it was to me, to a point I felt like I wasn’t doing enough for my teammates because I was in so much pain.”

When she settled on Bowling Green has her next landing spot, Goodin-Rogers made WKU Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard a promise.

“I walked into this woman’s office with a bad knee and she was like ‘can you win me a championship?’ and I was like ‘yes, I promise I’ll win you one’ but in the back of my mind I was like ‘you don’t know what you’re about to get in to,’” Goodin-Rogers said.

She did get Clark-Heard that championship. The Lady Hilltoppers were the C-USA Champs that one season Goodin-Rogers was on the hill. Now a few months removed form college basketball, she’s found her way onto the court again. This time, as a coach for the Campbellsville boys’ middle school team.

“I’m not going to lie, the first week I kind of forgot. Like, I got used to the college experience and I was like ‘no break down!’ and I was using all these basketball terms and I was like ‘oh, um, let me break it down. This is what this is’ so we had to go learn new vocabulary and basketball terms and stuff like that, so that was very interesting. They picked up pretty quick though.”

She still has NCAA edibility left. While she’s going to need a third knee surgery, she isn’t ruling anything out just yet.

“I’m a little stubborn so who knows what might happen.” Goodin-Rogers added.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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