Just like each and every one of us, we all had to start out somewhere to get where we are now. For Steve Goddard, it was here in Rushville where he got a taste for basketball he just couldn’t shake.
“Anyone around my age will always remember coming in second at state,” Goddard said. “It was something everyone was so proud of, something most people won’t ever forget. I know I won’t. 1976 was the year.”
Goddard also remembers when the Connersville Spartans won state in 1972.
“Four years before we went to state, Connersville won state,” Goddard stated. “Although they were a big rival of ours, once they got that far we were really pulling for them. Everyone was so excited. There were hundreds of people cheering for them; basketball around here was always exciting.”
Goddard grew up in Rushville and attended school in his small hometown.
“We played basketball in our driveways, the park and the biggest place was the Boys and Girls Club. That is where we all learned to play right. Growing up there, we all knew each other and went to school together. Then county schools would all come together, but we still kept our certain friends that I even still have to this day,” Goddard said. “From high school I went on to what is now University of Indianapolis. I played basketball and graduated in 1980. I majored in health, physical education and minored in biology.”
Goddard’s first job was at Rushville Consolidated High School.
Goddard knew from day one that he wanted to coach basketball.
“I wanted to coach, that’s what I have been doing ever since. In 1984, I was the youngest coach in the state of Indiana that year at Morgan Township High School. It was a small school, only about 180 students or so, kind of like how Rush County was in the sixties.”