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.