UPDATE: Steve Nash tweets about ‘fired’ basketball coach Goulet

UPDATE: Steve Nash tweets about ‘fired’ basketball coach Goulet

Olynyk and Sacre also honour Pitt Meadows high school coach

The story about Pitt Meadows coach Rich Goulet losing his job after 39 years has gone viral, with even NBA legend Steve Nash weighing in on social media.

Nash tweeted about his opinion with Team B.C. under Goulet:

Nash, who was an eight-time NBA all-star and was twice the league MVP while playing with the Phoenix Suns, has more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter.

Another NBA player, former LA Laker and Canadian National Team player Robert Sacre, also weighed in:

Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat, originally from Kamloops, had this to say:

These are B.C. high school basketball products who were coached by Goulet with Team B.C.

Goulet described how he was unceremoniously “fired” over negativity after a frustrating campaign last season.

The reaction has been loud in social media.

Some samples:

“This is absolutely reprehensible. I had Mr. Goulet as a teacher and spent many hours with him and his teams on trips for tournaments. He is loud, he can be intimidating but he is always fair. He always expects 100% effort and if you were slacking off you just didn’t play,” said Jaclyn Edwards.

“Seems that too many kids/parents are “sensitive” these days and can’t take criticism that is meant to help you improve.”

“So sad. Such a great coach. He would yell until he lost his voice every game. I took a few camps in Pitt Meadows and everyone was treated the same. He made us work hard. Crazy!” said Chrissy Bynuck.

“We had a contentious relationship, but I respect him,” said Colin Pattullo.

“Going back a long way, but had Goulet coach me at summer camps all the way back to the ‘90s. Coached against him for years. His style of coaching was one of high expectations. He expected a lot – especially from good players – and was not afraid to let you know if you were not meeting them. To have someone who gave this much to the game and affected as many lives as he did be treated like this is disgraceful. Anyone saying that he yelled at some players and this was deserved as a result knows nothing about coaching or basketball,” said Mike Schmidt.

Maureen Muir Goodrich Kizlyk said: “Well, you can’t work forever, but, I am sure there is a better way of making changes. It looks to me like Mr. Goulet had a wonderful career. He is a hero in a lot of peoples eyes. It’s not nice when this happens it is very hurtful. So …focus on the positive, all the good you did, all the kids you helped and know that you are loved by many. You made a difference is a lot of peoples lives. God Bless You.”

A player from last year’s senior AAA team at Pitt also weighed in.

Braeden Fletcher wrote:

I just graduated and played for this man full time basically 24/7 the past 5 years of my life and camps before that. In grade 8 we started with 28 kids by grade 10 it was down to three. The kids that quit figured it out either they didn’t like playing or they didn’t like Coach Goulet so they stopped playing. They didn’t cry to their mom and dad and get them to complain. What happened was pathetic and those who complained don’t deserve a spot on the team anymore. I’ve had plenty of coaches whether it be soccer, football or basketball, they all yelled and said some things that in all honesty shouldn’t be said but i loved the sports I was playing so I kept my head up and pushed forward. I had my fair share of disagreements with Coach Goulet but I would always move on afterwards usually end with both of us apologizing to each other. The man has a heart.

“I think what bothers me the most about this article is that it features all these past players saying how great he was and how thankful they are for turning them into the men they are today. I’d just like to know … how are they helping to rebuild the program back to what it was? Now I’ve just graduated so I’m still figuring out my life (job, planning school, etc) but as soon as I have all that figured out I’m going right back through those gym doors and putting every bit of effort into that program as I possibly can because without basketball nobody would know where pitt meadows is. If there’s one thing I want to thank Rich Goulet for it’s for never giving up on me and the two other grade 12s from last year. He had chances to just cut us from the program when we went from having a full grade 9 team to having three of us left on the bench going into grade 10. Three years he was given the opportunity to tell us we weren’t on the team, three years he made sure we were on that bench. So for everybody saying how Goulet demeans players and how he’s gotten worse he hasn’t. He’s the same he has been and he shouldn’t have to change. If he would choose to keep three grade 10s around for three years when he could have replaced them you know you’ve got a coach who’s not out there to tear kids down. He’s out there to build men from boys.”

There were also comments from people who said Goulet made demeaning remarks to players on the court, and accusing him of shutting down lacrosse at Pitt Meadows secondary, but the supportive comments are far outweighting the negative in the 75 comments on The News Facebook page.

Goulet has been inducted in the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame and won a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gardeners at the Intergenerational Garden participated in the Grow-A-Row program for the Friends In Need Food Bank in previous years. (The News files)
Grow-A-Row for the food bank in Maple Ridge

Friends In Need Food Bank in need of gardeners to produce fresh produce

Townhomes at ERA Maple Ridge became a hot commodity as house prices soared past $1 million. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Sales at ERA Maple Ridge show sizzling market

Downtown development sells 13 townhomes one Sunday

Mike Cosic is taking over as Benchmark Botanics’ new CEO. (LinkedIn)
Pitt Meadows cannabis company names new CEO

Mike Cosic was previously the CFO of Meta Growth Corp

Chameleon Cafe, located in Maple Ridge, B.C., has a permanent street-side patio. (Black Press files)
Chamber of Commerce wants Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to move barriers to patios

Chamber president says struggling restaurants, bars and cafes don’t need additional red tape

Ken Dockendorf is president of the BC High School Boys Basketball Association. (THE NEWS files)
Administrators vote to change BC school sports governance

Maple Ridge coach says athletes won’t notice a change next season

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Ripy Jubbal of Abbotsford has received a 30-month jail sentence for the fraudulent use of credit cards and credit card data. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford woman sentenced for $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases

Ripy Jubbal and spouse used identities of 19 different victims, court hears

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

A woman in the Harrison Mills area was attacked by a cougar on Tuesday, May 4. B.C. Conservation Officers killed two male cougars in the area; the attack was determined to be predatory in nature. (File photo)
2 cougars killed following attack on woman in Agassiz area

Attack victim remains in hospital in stable condition

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. CDC updates info, acknowledging small respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19

Large droplets, not aerosols had been fixture of public health messaging for many months

Most Read