Aaron Goodman enters his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Navy men's basketball program in 2013-14.
A outstanding local recruiter with several contacts in the area, Goodman has been instrumental in landing local players. Several members of this year's squad excelled on the hardwood locally under Goodman's primary recruiting areas.
Last year, the Midshipmen improved by five wins from the previous season, ranking as the ninth-best single-season improvement in school history. Goodman played a vital role in opponent scouting and game-planning and was instrumental in the development of Navy's youngsters as the freshman class set the school record for percentage of points scored by a freshman class in a season.
Tilman Dunbar was named to the Patriot League all-Rookie Team and Navy showed glimpshes of its potential with a lineup that featured no seniors on the roster. Navy would start two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior for a majority of the season and the Navy defense ranked 42nd nationally and second in the Patriot League in scoring defense, recording the third-lowest defensive scoring average in school history.
Two years ago, the Mids were a young squad as five freshmen saw significant action en route to an 11-20 record. Then-freshmen J.J. Avila and Isaiah Roberts were both named the Patriot League All-Rookie Team with Avila earning the school's first conference Rookie of the Year honor since David Robinson won the CAA's Rookie of the Year honor in 1984. In addition, junior guard Jordan Sugars was named to second-team all-Patriot League, making him the fourth different guard in the last four years to be named all-Patriot League.
In 2009-10, Goodman helped the Midshipmen to a 13-17 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League at 7-7. The Mids were once again near the top of the Patriot League in scoring and the Mids' three-guard attack of Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars and O.J. Avworo were among the highest-scoring guard trios in the country, averaging over 44 points per game between them. Navy finished in the top three in five different categories in the Patriot League while ranking 21st and 98th nationally in three-pointers made per game and free throw percentage, respectively.
Four years ago, Goodman helped the Midshipmen to a 19-11 overall record, equaling the most wins for the Navy program since the 1999-00 season. On the court, the team continued to flourish, leading the league in scoring again and ranking high nationally in field goal percentage defense and free throw percentage while starting essentially a four-guard lineup for the second straight season.
In the 2007-08 season, Navy finished second in the Patriot League with a 16-14 record, the program's best mark since 2001. With its four-guard lineup that flourished offensively, the Mids were the top-scoring team in the Patriot League, while forcing the most turnovers and creating the most steals in the conference defensively. He has helped shape guards Kaleo Kina and Chris Harris into all-Patriot League performers, while helping Romeo Garcia earn all-Patriot League Rookie Team accolades. The Mids set school records a year ago in three-pointers made and free throw percentage, and forced the third-most turnovers in school history. Navy finished the year ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense, three-pointers made, free throw percentage and steals per game.
Prior to coming to Navy, Goodman spent the previous five years as the top assistant at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
While at Marymount, Goodman was the lead recruiter for the Saints, who competed in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. Goodman was also in charge of scouting, scheduling and managed the fundraising account that recorded a 300 percent growth from the previous year. Goodman was also in charge of player development with an emphasis on post play, managing an operating budget and team travel and oversaw an academic program that resulted in the highest team GPA in school history.
Prior to his time at Marymount, Goodman was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity basketball coach at Sandy Spring Friends School in Olney, Md., as well as a junior high PE teacher. During his time at Sandy Springs, he helped guide the squad to the most wins in five years and planned and implemented a new PE / health cirriculum.
Before that, Goodman was a results manager at Ntercept Communications in Washington, D.C., in 2000-01 and was a field representative from 1998-99 for Congresswoman Connie Morella.
Goodman has also been active in basketball camps in the region, serving as the assistant director at Marymount's camps from 2002-2006, and worked at the Eastern Invitational (2002-present), Coach Morgan Wootten's Basketball Camp (2004-present), the Chuck Driesell Basketball Academy (2002) and a camp at Catholic University (2002).
Goodman is a 1997 graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. He sported a 3.1 GPA and spent the fall of 1995, studying overseas at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, focusing on German language studies.