This year’s boys varsity cross country team’s success is partly due to their head coach, Frederick Goodman who firmly believes that athletics is a crucial part of a student’s development. Coach Goodman is November’s Coach of the Month.
Coach Goodman started his running pursuits at Kenyon College where he ran on the cross country and track teams. He said that he loved being a part of a team. He said that sports saved him in college. “Sports in college kept me grounded by giving me a sense of discipline,” Coach Goodman said. Coach Goodman now has been coaching for a total of 36 years. It is his 31st year coaching cross country at Kingswood Oxford. He said that his most memorable coaching moment was when the cross country team won the O’Connell Invitational at Cheshire Academy in 2015.
His runners have only positive things to say about him. Senior co-captain Ethan Pinkes said that Coach Goodman is a great coach. “He has so much wisdom and experience as he is also collegiate athlete,” Pinkes said. Pinkes also mentioned how Coach Goodman cares so much about his players. He said that he is always very committed and passionate when it comes to preparing the team for upcoming meets.
Coach Goodman looks forward to the rest of the season and is really proud of his team as they are improving every week. Part of Coach Goodman’s coaching success is his sports philosophy, which you can read about below.