Langley mayor Jack Froese officiated at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Keith Daley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley mayor Jack Froese officiated at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Keith Daley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

New Langley basketball facility remembers top Pitt Meadows coach Rich Goulet

Non-profit Panther Hoops Basketball Society opens NBA-sized court

A new Langley basketball facility honours the memory of renowned Pitt Meadows basketball coach Rich Goulet.

Panther Hoops Basketball Society unveiled “Rich Goulet Court,” the main, NBA-sized court at the new “Panther Hoops Den” facility, which is located at Unit 100, 9339 200A Street, at the official opening on Saturday, June 26.

Goulet, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 74, was a high school boys basketball coach for more than 50 years, including 39 at Pitt Meadows.

Along the way he earned a spot in the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame and won the Prime Minister’s Volunteer award. He also won five provincial championships, including three at Pitt Meadows.

Panther Hoops Head Coach and Director Doug Dowell, who worked with Goulet several times, including on three provincial teams, said Goulet knew about the naming before he passed, and had been planning to attend.

“When I started coaching, Rich sort of took me under his wing,” Dowell told the Langley Advance Times.

“He’s a legend and always will be,” Dowell commented.

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In addition to the big court, the Den has a half-court for practicing and skills development, and its own weight room and fitness area.

Designed as an all-in-one basketball training facility that will provide grassroots and competitive basketball opportunities for youth in the Fraser Valley and Ridge Meadows area, the Den will serve as home base for the society’s International Basketball Academy that trains high school aged elite players from across Canada and around the world.

Panther Hoops Basketball was founded in 2008 and Panther Hoops Basketball Society was formed in 2018 with a goal of providing grassroots and elite level programming and training experiences for athletes both locally and globally through faith-based programming and the motto “Play Hard, Play Together and Play for Him.”

Panther Hoops Basketball Society is a non-profit organization committed to providing grassroots and elite level programming.

“Being a ‘Not for Profit’ private facility we are hoping to add opportunities for youth basketball in the area,” Dowell said.

“The immense growth of this area will ultimately stress existing community facilities until the infrastructure catches up.”

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“The Rich Goulet Court” in honour of the late, legendary Pitt Meadows basketball coach was unveiled at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Tracy Green/Special to Langley Advance Times)

“The Rich Goulet Court” in honour of the late, legendary Pitt Meadows basketball coach was unveiled at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Tracy Green/Special to Langley Advance Times)

International prep team players unveiled “The Rich Goulet Court” in honour of the late, legendary Pitt Meadows basketball coach at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Keith Daley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

International prep team players unveiled “The Rich Goulet Court” in honour of the late, legendary Pitt Meadows basketball coach at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Keith Daley/Special to Langley Advance Times)