Crockett sees Good things shaping up

Douglas Fritz • Apr 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Two people had prerequisite opinions before John Good left Science Hill and accepted the head basketball coaching position at David Crockett. One of them will have hands-on ability to help him win games.

“Everything was surrounded with my family: first of all my wife, who always supports me,” said Good. “The next individual was my son, Patrick, with him having three more years of eligibility. Those two had to be all in, and they were.”

So David Crockett not only added a head boys coach Monday, the Pioneers also collected arguably the best point guard in Northeast Tennessee.

Good said not having Patrick on his team would have been a deal-breaker.

“I wouldn’t want to coach somewhere and have my son playing somewhere else and never get to see him,” said Good. “If he said, ‘I want to stay,’ I would have stayed. I did the same thing for (son) C.J.”

After the recent resignation of Sam Tarlton, David Crockett set its sights squarely on hiring Good.

“Let’s just be honest, John Good was our man,” said Crockett athletic director Josh Kite. “We had some other pretty good applicants, but he was our No. 1 guy. We were going after him with everything we had.

“We’re extremely happy and very fortunate to have him. He’s a born leader, and his character is second to none. There’s no doubt he will make an immediate impact on our community.”

Good will be formally announced at a press conference Thursday at 3:10 p.m. at the David Crockett library. He comes with a good pedigree, having played for George Pitts at Science Hill and later coaching under Pitts at King College.

Those experiences and others have Good believing he can succeed.

“Working for coach Pitts, coach (Ken) Cutlip and coach (Mike) Poe, they allowed me to coach,” said Good, who assisted Cutlip and Poe at Science Hill. “They allowed me to implement some of my ideas. I think all three of them prepared me for the opportunity I have now.”

Good said Poe also helped him make the decision to take over at Crockett. Poe is a former head coach there and took Crockett to a Class AAA substate game in 1990.

“One of the first persons I sought advice from was coach Poe,” said Good. “He had been (at Crockett), and he opened the door for me to coach at Science Hill. He’s a great friend.

“He said the (Crockett) kids would buy in and allow me to coach. I’ve always thought they had pieces, very good players. The opportunity was too good to pass up.”

Good said he’s not running into Crockett with a bunch of goals.

“My thoughts right now are no promises, no excuses,” he said. “I’ve scouted them, and I know their returning players. I’ve watched freshman and junior-varsity games. I just have to see more before I put a goal out there.”

Good will meet with the Pioneers today, and let them know what his expectations are. He said one thing that needs to be developed is more of a winning attitude.

“Believing you can accomplish something is half the battle, if not three-quarters of the battle,” said Good. “Once the kids have success, they’re more likely to buy in to what you’re doing.”

Kite said he believes in Good.

“John Good has all of the tools to turn this program from the fourth or fifth team in the conference to the No. 1 team,” said Kite. “I know those are strong words, but I believe everything I’m saying right now. His ability to coach on and off the court is second to none. He is the total package.”

The Pioneers’ fans are getting excited, said Kite.

“Once the word got out John Good might be coming to Crockett, my phone has probably rung three or four times as much,” said Kite. “The excitement level is at an all-time high.”

One of the reasons for the excitement is the type of person Good is, said Kite.

“You can tell he cares about people,” said Kite. “I had a coach from Michigan call me and he said, ‘I did this, and I did that.’ John said, ‘I’d love to hear more about Crockett. I’m here for the kids.’ That tells me a lot about him.”

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