Geoff Goss Revisited

Ten years after John Stockton graduated, Gonzaga graduated yet another point guard who made an impact, an impact that just might've paved the way for the recent and current influx of elite guards at GU. Catch up with Geoff Goss.

ZH: Where were you born and raised, and what was your high school career like?

GG: I was born in Pullman, Washington, while my mother was working as a Special Education teacher and father was finishing his Law Degree at the University of Idaho. We then moved, shortly thereafter, to Boise where I was raised. As for my High School Career it was pretty uneventful. I was tiny, 5'9" or 5'10", and only 150 pounds as a senior. I was second team All-State during my final year and lightly recruited by small schools in the Northwest. Everyone at GU thought my lack of recruitment was not based on ability, but because I hadn't gone through puberty [laughs].

ZH: Tell us about your recruitment and how you ended up at Gonzaga?

GG: Simple. I came on an unoffical visit to campus during the Spring of my senior year-(1989). Fitz, Joe Hillock, Mons [Dan Monson], and Few gave me the opportunity to walk-on after a 20 minute conversation with my father and I. For some odd reason it seemed like the ideal fit. Who would have known GU wanted a hyper-active point guard, that didn't sleep, tended to overindulge, and had a knack for making passes to the cheerleaders rather than his teammates? Who could have passed that up?

ZH: I heard Fitz was tough on guards and freshmen. Any printable moments you can share?

GG: I feel like I am that girl on "American Pie"--remember like that one time at band camp? Fitz was perfect for me. He was demanding, tough, aggressive, but eventually fair. His theory was the offense should initiate through the point guard into the big men. Especially when you have a guy like Jeff Brown, it made sense. Only printable quote would when Fitz would reiterate that when he died on his grave would be "Goss, minus five years."

ZH: What was the highlight of your career at Gonzaga, and why?

GG: On the floor was being on the first Gonzaga team to make it to the post-season. And then beating Stanford to advance. We actually felt like we belonged in the national spotlight for once. Although that is a far cry from where Mons, Few and Billy have taken our program today. Off the floor it was the relationships I developed with my teammates and coaches which still remain in tact today. Guys like Matt Stanford, Jeff Brown, Marty Wall, Jarrod Davis, and Jamie Dudley did so many things that built such a solid foundation for GU. And even more impressive is they all more successful in their business and personal lives than they were on the court. We all could not have been better friends, which made everything easy during my tenure at GU.

ZH: What do you consider to be your favorite or most memorable moments as a Zag that most of us probably don't know about?

GG: After "Bravehearts" was published it stole one of the "printable" moments--and that was when I ran naked to the Crosby Center after the Braves won the 1991 National League pennant. Francisco Cabrerra (who hit the winning single) made my life interesting for a few moments on the GU campus. The remaining memorable moments I would rather keep to myself---for fear of embarassing the coaches or Brown, Duds, Marty, JD, Stanford and scores of others [laughs].

ZH: Conversely, your biggest disappointment?

GG: Not making the NCAA Tournament. I felt we had such a good team with amazing chemistry. With John Rillie, Scott Spink, Jeff Brown, Matt Stanford and myself, we would have been tough beat. Other than that GU was perfect.

ZH: With such guards as Santangelo, Dickau and Stepp in the program after you, how would you compare yourself to them?

GG: Honestly, Gary Randall, my advisor during law school, succinctly answered that question--"Hey Goss, you're no Stepp, Dickau or Santangelo!" Actually I think I was very different. Those guys have such a better feel for the game than I ever could have imagined. I was blessed with athletic ability, speed and competitiveness. However, those three are such better passers, shooters and play-makers I don't think there can be an accurate comparison. Especially Dickau and Stepp--those two are on different levels.

ZH: When watching today's Zag games, what similarities do you recognize in Mark Few's teams vis-à-vis the teams you played on?

GG: Team chemisry, competitive guys, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Few, Billy, Leon and Tommy have done an amazing job to continue that Gonzaga tradition.

ZH: Give us a summary of what you've done after graduation. What did you major in?

GG: After graduating with a Finance degree in 1994, I turned down a few minor offers to play professional basketball in Argentina and Australia. Although nine months later I was offered a job in Japan playing for the Toyota Pacers. That offer I could not refuse. I played for Jack Schalow, who left the Portland Trailblazers to puruse this position in Japan as a head coach. I really enjoyed playing again, but after the season ended and they didn't re-new my contract I opted for Law School at GU.

Then after taking the bar exam in 1999 and clerking one year for the Idaho Supreme Court--I currently am a Family Law Attorney in the firm of Risch, Goss, Insinger and Gustavel in Boise, Idaho.

ZH: And finally, we'd all enjoy hearing about your family.

GG: Most of my family lives in Idaho with the exception of my two sisters. My father is a retired Lawyer and my mother still works part-time as a nurse. My youngest sister, Susie (who played basketball at Idaho) is working in Portland for Jeff Sanders Promotions. While Gretchen is a marriage and family counselor in Haliey, Idaho, which is just outside of Sun Valley. I am not married, but close, to Anna Hayward who is a 1993 GU grad. She lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, and is an Assistant Director in the movie business.


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