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Huntsville - Madison County Athletic HOF Member

NAME:Mike Good
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INDUCTED:  2017
SPORT:  baseball
  
Winning four state championships is a mere spot on the map of life for Mike Good. After 24 seasons at Madison Academy High School, 14 as head baseball coach, Good retired as baseball coach in 2016, leaving a program he helped make into one of the most respected in all of Alabama. Under the guidance of the man who was a 3-sport letterman in high school in Arlington, Va., and played collegiate baseball at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington, where he earned a BS degree with majors in both Business Administration and Computer Science, the Madison Academy Mustangs won more Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) playoff games than any other school in Madison County. The program won 30 or more games seven times, producing 14 straight AHSAA Class 3A Area championships while compiling an overall Area record of 89-3. In his tenure as head coach, Good led Madison Academy to 100 playoff games, two state runner-up finishes, and an overall playoff record of 73-27 while winning four Class 3A state championships, including three-in-a-row from 2014-2016. His career record is 406-205. The most remarkable facet of his career? He accomplished all of his success at the private school as a volunteer coach. “I made that decision at the beginning because I always felt others in my life who were instrumental in my character development were volunteers too," said Good, who works as senior system engineer for Decibel Research. “My ties to the church were more stable through my coaching athletics." Good will be the first to tell you his life has been wonderful through his work with baseball, but he too has had sadness and tragedy in his life away from the baseball diamond. In 2010, his wife of 33 years, Peggy, died after contracting malaria while on a mission trip to Ghana. They raised two sons, Logan and Kyle, both graduates of Madison Academy. He has three grandchildren. Just over two years ago, Good married his current wife, Wendy. “The two women in my life understood my commitment to being a volunteer," said Good. “I needed to do that as part of my faith and for myself." The 62-year old Good has received numerous awards for his coaching, including being named the Class 3A Coach of the Year in 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, he received the Sammy Dunn Memorial Award, given each year to a high school coach who exhibits a high degree of team excellence. To add the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame to his already gold-plated career is certainly a high honor for Good, who said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be inducted into the Hall of Fame and coach for so long at Madison Academy." His student-athletes at Madison Academy have taken his leadership to success of their own. Of his former players, nine have played at the NCAA Division I level, and seven have played in either NCAA Division II or NJCAA. Good was also the Executive Director and head coach of the Madison Monarch Baseball Club 18-under travel team from 1996-2009. Over 170 of those players played at the collegiate level and 29 signed professional contracts. Most notable of these is current Boston Red Sox and former Atlanta Braves All-Star pitcher Craig Kimbrel. Good also got into football as past President of the North Alabama Pop Warner Football program from 1994-2002. “I came to Madison Academy just at the right time as the school was building athletics and progressed to where it is today," said Good. “Athletics is part of the fabric at the school. When you look back at what that meant to the school, athletics helped stabilize us from a financial standpoint. We sort of dangled a carrot in front of the community so other endeavors at the school could be met." Good could not be kept from the baseball diamond for very long. He recently agreed to be an assistant coach at Sparkman High in 2017. He’s happy to continue working with young people and being able to remain on the field in the sport that is a part of his life as much as anything else. “My family realized baseball was part of who I am and they encouraged me to stay active as a volunteer,” said Good. “I was meant to be a helper, just as those who helped me many years ago." For nearly a quarter of a century he was “Good" for Madison Academy and for those hundreds of athletes who were on the map of life for such a dedicated volunteer.