At first glance, one might mistakenly identify the five-foot eight-inch, well-chiseled body of Tyler Goldman as being that of a wrestling coach. However, although he boxed during his high school offseason, works out regularly, practices jiu-jitsu, and is a martial arts enthusiast, Goldman is not Jenkins High School’s new wrestling coach. He has recently signed a contract to be the new Cougar boys’ head basketball coach.
“I am a little guy,” Goldman admits, but that in no way camouflages his enthusiasm and excitement for his chosen career as a basketball coach.
Goldman was chosen out of the four candidates interviewed by the school district to fill the head coach position vacated by Jason Norman in May. He applied for the job after being told of the opening by an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University.
“I have been working as a graduate assistant coach in the men’s basketball program at EWU for the past two years,” Goldman explained. “I worked mostly in the operational part of the program, analyzing scouting reports and breaking down a lot of film.
“I have had a basketball job all of my working days. After playing guard at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, I coached at two junior colleges before being accepted into the graduate program at EWU.
“Right now, I’m really excited about going back to working with athletes. Defense is my specialty, but I’m also a stickler on fundamentals.”
Coach Goldman met with Cougar basketball players on Friday, May 20. His next step will be to get together with the other coaches to work out a schedule of summer workouts for basketball players that does not conflict with other sports.
“I want to focus on skill development through these next three months,” he said. “I want the kids to work hard on shooting. I want them to have confidence in their shot. They’ve got to hit the open shot, especially the jump-shot from the elbow.
“They should have 500 makes per day with their shooting in an hour and a half workout. I’d like to work with them two or three times per week, but that may not be possible because of conflicts with other summer programs. So, the kids may have to do a lot of work on their own.
“I do not plan on working on an offense until August. By that time, I should know what offense is best for these kids.”
Goldman currently lives in Spokane. His girlfriend works at a TV station there. Both want to remain in this area.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff