VEEDERSBURG — Jason Good will be back on the sidelines next winter as a basketball coach.
The Fountain Central athletic director will assume the role as the varsity girls basketball coach after being approved at a Southeast Fountain school board meeting last week.
“Now that I’ve been AD for two years, I feel like I can manage the time with coaching, and at least feel like I want to give it a shot,” he said. “I still feel like I have some coaching left in me and our girls needed a coach.”
Good stepped down from the head boys coaching job after the 2018 season to take over as athletic director, and now replaces Tom Anderson, who posted a 13-54 record in three seasons.
The Mustangs averaged 18 wins during the 2014-16 seasons, including an IHSAA Sectional title in 2015, but have struggled the last three years. Good hopes to change that.
“I like the girls we have in our program,” he said. “I think they are good kids and are willing to work to get better, and I know we have a little ways to go. We haven’t been super competitive the past few years, but I think there’s a change to change that, and we have some good young players.”
Dakota Borman is one of those returning players. Borman, who averaged 14.7 points per game last season as a junior, was a first-team All-WRC selection.
Good knows what it takes to have a winning program. He guided the Mustangs to three sectional championships in seven seasons as the boys coach, posting an 84-86 overall record. Good also spent five years as Frankfort’s boys varsity basketball coach before arriving at Fountain Central, so the switch to coaching girls will be new territory.
“I have several coaching friends that have coached boys and switched to girls,” he said. “I called all them and talked to them a little bit about it to kind of see what their thoughts are, and all of them said they thought it would be a good idea and thought I should give it a shot.”
Good says he missed the competitive edge of coaching, and has a main goal of returning consistency to the program.
“I miss the competitive side of it,” he said. “It’s one thing to watch and even discuss with your coaches, but I miss actually being a part of the competitive side of it and working with kids to get better and being more a part of that.”
“We get a little more consistency with the youth program and that’s at least my idea to get it built back up to where we are competitive on a yearly basis.”