by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Mick Goudy of the Rogers football staff was named Assistant Coach of the Year recently.
The retired teacher and former head coach has been the Royals offensive coordinator for seven years. This past season, the Royals were state runners-up in Class 4A.
“Mick was selected for this award by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and they made a great decision,” said Marc Franz, Royals head coach.
Goudy was a head coach at Fertile-Beltrami for five years before joining the faculty at Monticello in 1982. He was Monticello’s head coach from 1982-89, and an assistant coach from 1995-2004. In 2004, he was one of eight assistant coaches receiving the Butch Nash Award from the coaches association.
A social studies teacher, he joined the RHS staff upon retirement from teaching at Monticello, where he lives.
“It’s been a great experience, with great people to work with,” said Goudy about his Rogers years. “Last year was a special year but I have enjoyed being there all along.”
Franz said he and Goudy share the philosophy of establishing a running game first and letting everything else come from that.
“We were both familiar with the Wing-T offense so that was a good starting point,” said Franz, “but he (and the rest of the offensive staff) have really taken the Royals offense and run with it.”
Franz praises Goudy as extremely organized and knowledgeable, a good listener to other offensive assistants,”and “a huge asset to your young coaching staff.”