“It went kind of fast, that’s for sure,” said Goorman, whose teams were 100-20 since he reached the 400-victory mark. The Warriors won three straight Class D state championships during that time.
“That’s the kind of success you realize when you have good kids,” Goorman said after that 500th win. “And you get rewards if you stick with it.”
Goorman’s teams have won five state championships (1992, 1999, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and finished runner-up three times (1980, 1993 and 2000).
“I remember more about the losses than the wins,” Goorman said. “They kind of stick in your craw. But, we’ve had some great wins too.
“We’ve had a lot of great players who set goals,” Goorman said. “It comes down to the kids, let’s not kid ourselves. There’s the work ethic, the tradition and the desire that make a coach look pretty good.”
WMC finished its 53rd season of boys basketball and Goorman is just the school’s third coach. Elmer Walcott had two stints as coach that covered 19 years, Ed Heethuis coached two seasons and Goorman took over for Walcott after the 1978-79 season.
“That’s a lot of time … 32 years,” Goorman said. “I’ve been blessed to be at a good school for 32 years coaching. What’s great is I get to see the kids everyday and you deal with the ups and down. Outside coaches get two hours and that’s it.
WMC finished the regular season at 13-7 last year and won district and regional titles before losing in the state quarterfinals.
Goorman will be back leading the Warriors again this season for his 33rd year.