A native Californian, Brian moved to Mission Viejo at the age of 9 with his parents and sister, Gail. Brian was one of the original members of the world-famous Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team and was the first Olympic gold medalist from Mission Viejo. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Brian broke world records in the 400m and 1500m freestyle swimming events to win two gold medals. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, the Orange County Sport Hall of Fame, and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Hall of Fame.
Brian is a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks, Mission Viejo. He is a former President of the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation. Brian is also active in his church.
Brian and his wife, Vicki, raised their three sons, Brian Lee, Greg, and Scott in Mission Viejo. All five Goodells are alumni of Mission Viejo High School. Brian graduated from UCLA while Vicki graduated from USD. Brian Lee, Greg, and Scott graduated from Cal Poly, UCSD, and Chapman.