Back on 4/13 (Daily Dirt II – 4/13/15), I mentioned that Gerad Good was the “hot” name at Manchester. It’s now official…
Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset announced that Gerad Good has been named head men’s basketball coach.
Good, MU’s 22nd head coach all-time, has seen prior success with the Black and Gold. He was a student-athlete on back-to-back 20-or-more win campaigns under former head coach Steve Alford in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and was a student assistant on Alford’s staff when the Black and Gold made their magical run to the NCAA Division III national championship game during the 1994-95 season.
“One look at Gerad’s resume should tell Manchester University basketball fans, friends and alumni that the future of the program will be in good hands,” Espeset noted. “It was important for us to find an individual that had a strong understanding of where we had been before and where we want to be down the road. Gerad fits both of those ideals, as he played here, knows the university and its mission well and has a tremendous background in collegiate basketball.”
Good has been a part of the game at virtually every level. His previous stints include NCAA Division II University of Southern Indiana where he was an assistant coach on the staff during a 136-36 record, five national tournament appearances, and two Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament championships since the 2009-10 season; NCAA Division I Indiana University – Purdue University – Fort Wayne, as an assistant coach from 2007-09 for teams that set a new standard for Division I wins at the institution; and John A. Logan College, from 2004-07, where the Volunteers produced a 75-22 record and were ranked No. 7 on the National Junior College Athletic Association national polls during his time as an assistant coach.
“I’m extremely excited to be coming back home,” Good said. “Manchester University has meant a lot to me personally … going beyond athletics, too. I met my wife there, and the professors were always good to me as a student-athlete. My family saw that during my collegiate career and knows how important this position is.
“In the scheme of things, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go back to,” he added. “It’s such a big situation for everyone involved.”