Newly appointed Payson High School boys basketball coach Bill Goodwin leaves little doubt he’s excited about moving to the Rim Country.
“This is a special place to call home,” he said. “Years ago, I promised myself if I ever got back into coaching, I wanted to come here.”
Goodwin was officially hired yesterday, July 22, at a special meeting of the Payson Unified School District governing board.
Goodwin, who spent the past week packing up his family’s belongings at their Gold Canyon home, comes to Payson fresh from serving a stint as an administrator in the Apache Junction School District.
He brings with him an impressive coaching resume that includes stops in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and Arizona.
He coached at Class 2A Kearney-Ray from 1990 to 1995, racking up several impressive accomplishments including a 100-33 record during that tenure. His team went to the state tournament all five years and in 1992, the school won the Arizona state championship.
At Kearney, he was once named the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year, the Arizona Republic Coach of the Year and coached in the ACA North vs. South all-star game.
He left Kearney to become head coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
“We took six Arizona kids with us when we went there,” he said.” A couple from Northland Pioneer College (in Holbrook) and others from Scottsdale.”
Goodwin says he enjoyed his stay in Kearney, but pulled up stakes to move to Missouri because “coaching college was a career goal of mine.”
In addition to coaching at Kearney and Lindenwood, he was head coach at Kuemper High in Carroll, Iowa and an assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State, which is his alma mater.
He also played collegiately at NMSU.
Goodwin’s career prep record includes 181 wins, 66 losses, six state tournament appearances and four conference championships, two of which were won by undefeated teams.
He also was an all-star coach in Western Iowa and for the Colorado Metro league.
At Payson High, he will teach physical education and weight training.
He has taught exercise science at the college level.
One of the first tasks the new coach will take on is the hiring of his assistants.
“I’ve got some ideas and there are some people I’d like to bring in, but nothing is set in stone,” he said. “I’d like to talk to some of the people who have helped out in the past.”
Goodwin says one of the first things he was asked when given the PHS position was “can you win 100 games in five years like you did in Kearney?”
He answered, “I told them it ought to be easier the second time around, but you can’t predict things like that.”
Goodwin replaces Jared Swanson who resigned last spring after one season at the helm of the program.
Swanson left to accept a graduate assistant position at Boise State University where he will also work on his master’s degree.
The Horns struggled during Swanson’s single season to an 11-17 record after getting off to a 7-1 start and winning the Cake Chevrolet Shoot Out in Winslow.
The team, however, went into a nosedive due to injuries to key players.
Next season, Goodwin will have several promising young players with varsity experience.
They include Chase Walden, Cale Novak, Tanner Hintze and Cameron Romance
Walden and Hintze will be sophomores; Novak and Romance will be juniors.
The team lost six players to graduation last spring with the class of 2010.