York College Hall of Famer Rodger Goodling dies at 79

  • Rodger Goodling was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Goodling won 356 games as the head coach of Shippensburg University over 31 years.
  • Goodling's 1991 team earned Shippensburg's first PSAC men's basketball title.

Rodger Goodling, a York College Hall of Famer and a York High School graduate, died on Tuesday morning.

He was 79.

Rodger Goodling

Goodling was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Goodling held the York College school record for foul-shooting accuracy, hitting 92 percent of his free throws. Goodling played two years at York when it was a junior college before transferring to Lock Haven, where he graduated in 1959.

Goodling began a long coaching career, first at Camp Curtin Junior. High in Harrisburg, then 10 years at William Penn of Harrisburg, where he had many successful teams. His 1969-1970 team went 25-1 and won the District 3 championship.

Goodling was best known regionally, however, as the longtime head men’s basketball coach at Shippensburg University for 31 seasons (1970-2001). Goodling compiled an overall career record of 356-443, guiding the team to 10 winning seasons and reaching six Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournaments during his tenure.

In 1991, Goodling’s 20-11 team set several university records on its way to Shippensburg’s first-ever PSAC championship. He received plenty of recognition for his efforts, being named PSAC Western Division Coach of the Year, PSAC Coach of the Year and NCAA Division II Kodak East District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Eastman Kodak Company.

Rodger Goodling is shown here during his stint as the head coach at Shippensburg University.

Goodling, who was PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year in 1982 (Shippensburg moved to the Western Division in 1987-88), became the first coach to earn both Eastern and Western Division Coach of the Year honors.

Some of his other notable teams included the 1976 squad, which went 15-11 and had four players score more than 300 points. The 1982 team, led by Brian Cozzens, went 19-8, and the 1989 team won the PSAC Western Division crown. Cozzens was a Spring Grove High School graduate. He was just one of a number of York County players who were coached by Goodling at Shippensburg.

During his career, four of Goodling's players earned Academic All-America honors for their ability to excel both in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Goodling is survived by his wife, Sandra, and four children — sons Steve and Craig, and daughters Kate and Abbey. Goodling's brother, Warren, was a very successful high school basketball coach in his own right at Hempfield High School.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, Pa., at 11 a.m. Friday. Private interment will be in the Green Mount Cemetery in York at the convenience of the family. There will be a visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until the time of services.