“I was an impressionable kid, but I made my mind up when I started coaching that there would not be one second of that foolishness.”
While Good’s demanding sideline demeanor would not have tolerated his own flamboyant playing personna of the 1960s, plenty of subsequent basketball standouts thrived under his old-school coaching style. During nearly five decades on the bench, he sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association and hundreds became NCAA Division I talents.
“People asked me how I got into [the hall of fame]? I got in on the backs of really good players,” the 78-year-old Good said. “Did we coach them? Yes. Did we demand a lot? Yes. Were we disciplined, made sure they were disciplined and paid attention to make sure they did the best they could in class and caused no problems on campus? Yes, we did all those things.”
Good coached some of the country’s top prep players from 1989 to 1999 at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. There, his teams won more than 90 percent of their games (275-30) thanks to rosters that featured such future NBA standouts as Brad Miller and Cuttino Mobley.
“The common denominator of all good teams is good players. I’ll put it this way. I don’t care who the jockey is, a mule will never win the Kentucky Derby,” he said.
Good and MCI offered Butler a last chance to get his life straight and parlay his athletic talent into a future with hope, but Good quickly let Butler know he was just another guy on the team.
Butler said he arrived in Bangor for the first time late at night with four or five pieces of luggage.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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