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Whitt to lead Goodman-Pembine

Varsity boys hoops coach spent seven seasons coaching NIU girls

August 8, 2012
The Daily News

DUNBAR, Wis. - Paul Whitt will move from Northland International University women's basketball to Goodman-Pembine high school boys basketball this winter.

Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District board of education confirmed Whitt's hiring in July. The board also announced that Ashley Millan will return to coach volleyball and Evan Neuens will guide the baseball program.

"I'm extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity to serve these students, their families and our Goodman-Pembine community in this role," said Whitt, who takes over the program from John Ostermann. "I'm thankful for the wonderful job that Coach Ostermann did last year with the combined Goodman-Pembine team, and what Coach (John) Swick had been doing with the Pembine team prior to that."

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Goodman-Pembine advanced to the WIAA Division 5 state sectionals last year. The new coach's son, Alex, is a sophomore on the team.

"I'm also excited to have the opportunity to coach my son," Whitt said. "The primary reason I stepped down from coaching at Northland in March, and leaving a group of players that I loved was to spend more time with him.

"I was stunned when this position came open in April, and was open to applying and trusting God to make it happen if it was his will.

I've worked with students in different capacities over the past two decades, and never take these opportunities lightly. I love our community, and am thrilled to experience their support and encouragement this season."

Whitt came to Northland in August 2005 after serving 15 years in local church youth ministry, including 11 as the youth pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Ga.

Whitt, camp director at Northland, views athletics "as a great way to develop, as well as reveal, character."

"There are some talented players returning from last year's successful team, as well as the potential for some new players that will contribute," he said.

Whitt, NIU coach for seven years, will continue to emphasize three things.

"We concentrated on controlling the things we control - effort, attitude and focus," he said.

Whitt and his wife, Christie, have three children: Emily, Alex and Jackson.



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