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WMC's Goorman inducted into Hall of Fame

Tribune Staff • Sep 19, 2017 at 12:40 AM

Western Michigan Christian basketball coach Jim Goorman was officially inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, along with 15 other former or present coaches at Central Michigan University this weekend.

The long-time Warrior legend coached at WMC for 44 years, 11 at the junior varsity level and 33 as the head varsity coach. His teams won over 500 games and five state titles in eight appearances in the state championship game.

During his long tenure at WMC, Goorman also enjoyed coaching baseball and softball.

Currently, Goorman continues to stay involved in basketball as an official, which he has done for the last 47 years and remains a staple of the WMC basketball program as an assistant coach for his son, Jeremy, who heads up the varsity girls team at WMC.

In his acceptance speech, Goorman shared what made him successful for all those years.

Great players came first, as he emphasized the presence of good hard-working players, particularly the one who sits at the end of the bench, but worked hard in practice and helped the other players to work hard. He went on to thank WMC coach Elmer Walcott, who started the basketball program, for creating a culture of how to teach and motivate.

Family came next, as Goorman thanked his wife, Susan, for giving him permission to coach for 44 years. He also thanked her for motivating him and being there always when we needed her support. His three sons, Jameson, Jeremy and Jason, who all played for him at WMC, were in attendance.

The Warrior fans and coaching staffs found a special place in Goorman’s heart, motivating him and encouraging his players to put their best effort on the floor night in and night out.

Finally, Goorman thanked God, the creator, for always giving him comfort and direction when he needed it.

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