Rodger E. Goodling
Mr. Rodger E. Goodling has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals while serving as Shippensburg University's head coach of Men's Basketball for more than 30 years. After 31 seasons, Coach Goodling retired following the 2000-2001 season, calling it a "terrific 31 years with positive experiences in coaching many fine young men in the basketball program."
Coach Goodling expected his players also to focus on academics. Four of Goodling's players received All American Academic Honors for their ability to excel both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Some of his best teams include the 1976 squad that went 15-11 with four players scoring more than 300 points. His 1982 team led by Brian Cozzens went 19-8; that season, Coach Goodling was named PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year.
Shippensburg moved to the Western Division in 1987-88, and the 1989 team won the PSAC Western Division crown reaching the semi-finals of the conference tournament. In Coach Goodling' s final season, the Red Raiders team made a strong bid for the conference title and held first place in the PSAC Western Division for a month, earning a berth in the conference tournament. Shippensburg lost its quarterfinal game at Edinboro University.
Coach Goodling's most successful team was the 1991 PSAC championship team that set several university records on its way to Shippensburg's first ever PSAC championship. Included in those records are most games won in a season (20), most points scored in a season (2,396), and most assists in a season (530). That team included all-time leading scorer Keith Hill, who had 1,780 points and was honored with an All American Award.
Rodger Goodling's recognitions include being the only men's basketball coach to hold the Coach of the Year title both in the Eastern and Western Divisions of PSAC; being named PSAC Coach of the Year; and being selected as the Division II Kodak East District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Eastman Kodak Company.
The purpose of the Rodger Goodling Basketball Scholarship, established in 2003, is to provide opportunities for student athletes to graduate from Shippensburg University, to help the Men's Basketball team be competitive in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), and to honor Coach Rodger Goodling for his service to student athletes and to Shippensburg University.
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