Where are They Now?- Grant Goolsby
When basketball season hits, there is only one place Grant Goolsby sees himself, and that’s on the sideline at the games.
The 2008 Myrtle graduate and former Northeast standout is taking advantage of a rare opportunity for someone of his age. Last season, he was offered a volunteer assistant position on Drew Tyler’s staff at Oxford High School and hopes to be added on as a full time assistant for next season. The experience is crucial for Goolsby, who has a year remaining for his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss.
“It’s been overwhelming,” he said. “Coach Tyler is one of the best coaches around, but even more than that, we’re good friends, so this has been an exciting and definitely a learning experience for me.”
Goolsby is working on building good relationships with the athletes he works with, something he learned first hand during his days with the Hawks.
“My work has been just like any other coach,” he explained. “I’m there to be a friend to the kids and also to let them know that I’m there for them. It’s all about getting to know and understand them while working with them.”
Goolsby’s desire to go into coaching comes from none other than his father, Barry. Having that influence along with Jonathan Ashley in high school helped guide him into this profession.
“My dad had such a big influence on me,” he said. “Basketball has always been a part of my family, and I wouldn’t know what to do without it. When the season comes around, there’s only one place I want to be, and that’s in the gym. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”
And having played in Union County, Goolsby knows, if given the opportunity, he wants to coach in a hotbed area similar to the one he is so accustomed to.
“Basketball is a way of life in Union County, and I would love to have the chance to be in a community that shares that same passion,” he said.
As far as his former team, Goolsby holds great pride in seeing the Hawks’ success since he has graduated and is proud to call Myrtle his home.
“I don’t mind talking to anyone about Myrtle,” he said. “It’s amazing to see what they have accomplished, going to state five years in a row, and Coach Ashley has done a tremendous job with them. My hope is that they can not only continue the success, but also get that ring that they deserve, that Coach Ashley deserves.”
And as for Goolsby, he will continue to learn and grow in the profession, hopefully landing a head coaching position in the end.
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