Specializing in throws, Travon Godette enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Mammoths' track & field teams in 2019-2020.
An alumnus of Westfield State University, Godette comes to the Pioneer Valley following a two-year stint in Louisiana as an assistant hurdles and high jump coach at Division I McNeese State while simultaneously serving as a Composition I and II Instructor of Records in the English Department.
Transitioning from collegiate athlete to collegiate coach while instructing a talented group of individuals, Godette saw 10 of his student-athletes add points the scoresheet and seven earn a spot of the podium in two conference championship meets, including one who would later compete in NCAA DI Eastern Preliminary competition. His efforts helped guide the men’s program to their highest conference finish since 1980 in his first season.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Godette enjoyed an illustrious four-year career as a Westfield State Owl, highlighted by his performance at the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championships to become a National Champion in the javelin. The first male individual National Champion in the history of Westfield State’s track & field program, Godette’s impressive resume also boasts setting school records in the javelin, high jump and decathlon en route to being named a three-time All-American in five National Championship appearances across the javelin and high jump.
As a captain, Godette capped off his senior year by being named the USTFCCCA New England Region DIII Field Athlete of the Year and the DIII New England Sebasteanski Field MVP after leading his team to third-place finish at the 2016 New England DIII Men’s Outdoor Championships - the team’s best finish since 1989. Throughout his career, he helped Westfield State capture five MASCAC Conference titles and one New England Alliance Championship title.
Outside of athletics, Godette was an active member of the Olws community – acting as the Secondary Liaison for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, the President of Public Relations for the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and the forum facilitator for several symposiums regarding cross-cultural conversations and the celebration of race in the English classroom. His dedication to academics shined bright between his junior and senior years at Westfield State, with Godette earning the prestigious NCAA DIII Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, the MASCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, the Westfield State Presidential Award, and the Massachusetts “29 Who Shine” Award – an honor that is presented to only 29 students by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for being “outstanding individuals who show exceptional promise as future leaders in civic affairs and professional activities.” He has also been recognized as an NCAA DIII CoSIDA Academic All-American, an Arthur Ashe Jr. Second Team Sports Scholar, and a Sankofa Scholar.
Godette earned an M.F.A. in Poetry and an M.A. in Literature from McNeese State University and holds a B.A. in English with extensive studies done in Secondary Education and Ethnic and Gender Studies from Westfield State University. He’s also passed certification tests for First Aid, CPR, and AED through the American Red Cross.