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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Former Northview High School boys' basketball coach Jon Crooks will always remember David Goggins for the "phantom foul."

Goggins, now a Petty Officer First Class Navy SEAL, will compete in the 30th Ford Ironman World Championship on national television Saturday. The event is scheduled to be aired from 2:30-4 p.m., on NBC.

But to Crooks, that one foul call still lingers.

"When I think of David, that sticks out in my mind," Crooks told The Brazil Times Tuesday.

Crooks said the Knights were facing South Vermillion in the semifinal of sectional competition. Then-South Vermillion player Ryan Luce stepped up for a shot from approximately 25 feet away from the basket. Crooks said Goggins, then a senior at Northview, did everything he could to stay away from Luce, but a foul was called.

"He was noted for the 'phantom foul,'" Crooks said. "But he's done well for himself."

Recently, Goggins, who began competing in ultramarathons a few years ago, was featured on the front cover of Runner's World. He was named Hero of Running by the magazine.

He was also recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWF), a charity that funds college scholarships, tuition, financial aid and counseling for children of special operations personnel killed in the line of duty.

Goggins has completed three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning from action, he began competing in ultramarathons to raise money for the charity in honor of 11 military personnel who were killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Goggins attended training school with some of those who were killed. Since he started competing in ultramarathons, Goggins has raised close to $300,000 for the SOWF.

Goggins grew up in Brazil and played football and basketball while attending Northview.

"David was always a go-getter," Crooks said. "He played hard for me. He had a drive to him."

Crooks said Goggins started for the Knights as a senior.

"I remember him always playing hard," Crooks said.

"He always had a strong will."

Following graduation, Goggins joined the Navy and became a member of the SEALS.

He is the only person in United States military history to complete training with the SEALS, U.S. Army Rangers and the Air Force's Tactical Air Controller.

The Ironman World Championship has more than 1,700 athletes competing. Athletes competing range in age from 18-79 and take part in a 140.6-mile odyssey, a 2.4-mile Pacific Ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon.

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How awesome and he is cute to boot!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:41 AM

Good luck!

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:48 AM

Why is there no picture? And couldn't they get some comments from Goggins himself? Crooks' "phantom foul" story is a distraction from Goggins' many achievements. His comments have nothing to do with this story, and the story is not the least bit amusing unless you were there.

-- Posted by bsmom on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:49 AM

Well, finally. David placed third in Badwater two years ago, which is an amazing accomplishment. He has been featured this week on national commercials for the upcoming Ironman.

You didn't even bother researching him on the internet or you would have come up with a far more interesting article than this.

Not only should he have had major articles in this newspaper, but also in the Terre Haute paper.

This is shameful.

-- Posted by lucyq on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 10:30 AM

David Goggins has to be one of the nicest people to talk to I've ever met. He is an inspiration to soldiers and athletes alike. Check it out...


-- Posted by BrazilBillie on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 10:31 AM

More info found here...


Go David!!! You can do it. :)

-- Posted by andypflueger on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Here is the Runner's World article and video. What you have done and are doing is unbelievable David. Good luck in all your future endeavors. The Warrior: David Goggins: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,71...

-- Posted by Chris Rodgers on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 3:02 PM

I googled the real article .. thank heavens we had enough information posted in the Times to look it up (since they didn't). WOW! What an incredible life and an incredible individual. (yes, ibclean76 .. he is!)

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 1:41 PM

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