BANGOR — Bangor High School has produced its share of elite cross country runners over the years, most recently America East collegiate standouts Riley Masters of the University of Maine and Casey Quaglia of Binghamton (N.Y.) University.
Adam Goode would like to develop more running depth at his alma mater, depth that would help the Rams become more of a contender for team championships in the coming years.
Goode, a 2001 BHS graduate and now one of the region’s top road runners, will get that opportunity beginning with the start of preseason practices in less than two weeks as the program’s new head coach.
“Bangor’s one of the biggest schools in the state,” said Goode, “and with the number of kids in the school if you can get more to come out for cross country you can develop the depth you need to have strong runners in the three, four, five and six spots that are so important.
Goode replaces Ray Cook (boys) and Pattie Craig (girls), who led the program last fall.
Goode’s goal is to establish a culture within the Bangor cross country program similar to what has been in place within the school’s swimming program — a perennial producer of state championships.
“The culture that Phil Emery has established around the swim team makes that a sport that is something the kids want to be involved with,” Goode said. “I’d like to see the same thing happen with cross country, to create a culture that’s exciting for the kids so we can get more bodies on the team and develop the depth we need.”
Goode said he still benefits from the cross country culture that existed when he competed for the Rams.
“I remember how much I liked running at Bangor High School, and a big part of it was the friendships I made,” said Goode. “A lot of my best friends in life I’ve made through running, and in cross country you run really hard a couple of times a week and the rest of the week it’s mostly easy running with good friends.”
Goode, a state representative serving Maine House District 15 in Bangor, has not coached before other than to informally help out others in the running community. But with his personal experience and tutelage from the likes of his own Bangor coaches such as Craig, Maynard Walton and Joe Quinn, he’s looking forward to the opportunity.
“Joe Capehart, the John Bapst cross country coach, mentioned to me that the job was open,” said Goode. “I always thought that I would want to coach at some point, but it’s hard fitting coaching into a schedule when you’re not working in a school.
“But working in the Legislature provides me some flexibility in the fall, so I thought now would be a great time to do this.”
Goode will be assisted by current Bangor girls’ varsity basketball coach Katie Clark Herbine, a 1996 BHS graduate and former basketball and track and field standout for the Rams who went on to play basketball at the University of Maine and more recently has gone on to become a national-caliber competitor in the duathlon — a sport that combines running and cycling.
Herbine competed last year in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Duathlon World Championships at Edinburgh, Scotland.