Pine River hires Goodenow as boys basketball coach


LEROY — It’s the middle of summer but Pine River’s Brian Goodenow can hardly wait for winter to get here.

Goodenow was recently appointed as the new varsity boys basketball coach for the Bucks.

Goodenow replaced Scott Benson who resigned in May.

The Bucks were 13-8 last season.

Goodenow has coached four years overall at Pine River. He was assistant JV boys coach and served two years as freshman boys coach. He was junior varsity girls coach last season.

During the spring, Goodenow has served as Shawn Ruppert’s assistant coach in baseball.

Now he takes on a new venture as Pine River’s basketball skipper.

Goodenow works for Y102, Big Country and WBRN radio  in Big Rapids as operations manager. He lives in Tustin and the Pine River area where he attended high school. Goodenow is a 1984 Pine River graduate where he also played sports.

“I love working with the kids,” Goodenow said. “I know most of these kids. I coached several as freshmen and in baseball as well. I thought I’d be a good fit to work with these guys and was fortunate enough to get the job.”

Prior to Goodenow’s appointment, Carl Johnson served as interim coach for the team during summer action. Johnson was the boys varsity basketball assistant and plans on returning in that capacity.

“They did team camp at Hope College and last week took part in Cadlllac scrimmages,” Goodenow said. “We have a few dates left and will try to have a couple of team scrimmages and some team functions to use up the rest of our allotment before we lose them to football.”

Pine River was 13-8 last season.

“We should be solid this year,” Goodenow said. “We were very young last year. We only lost two guys. A lot of younger players who were forced into a lot of minutes last year gained a lot of valuable experience. We have decent size in Lincoln Erickson, Hunter Powell and Devin Ruppert. Our guard rotation was all underclassmen last year and they return intact.”