Goltz likes coaching football, basketball — and his record proves it

August 17, 2018

Career record: 298-51

Playoff appearances: 31

State titles: 8 (D-2, 1989; D-2, ’90; D-2, ’92; D-2, ’93; D-2, ’94; D-2, 2013; D-2, 2016)

Doug Goltz sounds more like one of his Falls City Sacred Heart athletes when you ask him which sport he likes coaching more — football or basketball.

His record in both sports is jaw-dropping. In the fall, the Irish football teams have gone 298-51 in 31 seasons with eight state titles, all in Class D-2, eight-man. Sacred Heart had a state-record six straight undefeated state championship teams between 1989 and 1994 while compiling the longest win streak in state history at 87 games.

A pretty impressive run considering Goltz had never coached or played eight-man football when he took over the job two years before the first state title.

The basketball record is 620-172 in 32 seasons after the Irish won their ninth state championship under Goltz this past March.

“Honestly, when it’s football season, that’s my favorite and when it’s basketball season, that’s my favorite. And in the spring, I still enjoy coaching track,” said Goltz, a Sacred Heart alum who returned to his alma mater for the 1986-1987 school year to teach social studies and coach boys basketball after graduating from Peru State.

“There have been opportunities to go to bigger schools, but it was only in one of those sports,” he added. “I really like coaching them both, so I didn’t want to give that up.”

Goltz has far more than the coaching titles in front of his name at Sacred Heart. He’s been the school’s principal for 16 years and the athletic director since 1987-88, his first season of coaching the football team.

It’s a busy schedule, but his energy level is up to the task.

“I get here between 6 and 6:30 in the morning when no one’s here so I can a lot done before school starts,” Goltz said. “I’m going 12-plus hours a day on most days, but I have no intention of slowing down. Not right now. We have kids who work hard and work together, and it’s fun to be a part of that.”

Goltz and his wife, Janice, had three children all go through Sacred Heart – Alicia, Matt (who played basketball for his father) and Maggie, who’s a junior on the Concordia women’s basketball team.

“Janice has been pretty understanding through all this,” Goltz said. “There have been a lot of nights away from home, but she’s been real supportive. She still lets me do it because she knows it’s my passion.”

Goltz said the biggest change he’s seen in the years he’s been coaching has been the introduction of Hudl as a clearinghouse for game film. No more driving somewhere on Saturday morning to meet the coach of your next opponent to exchange film, now coaches can watch all of their opponents by calling it up on their computers.

“Hudl has changed the way you prepare for games and coaches are a lot more prepared than they used to be,” Goltz said. “I don’t miss exchanging film, or worse, waiting for a coach to send you a tape through the mail and it arrives the day of the game.”

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