Ex-Sioux City North star Goodman dies

‘Tommy John’ was eldest son of FDSH Hall of Famer Tom Goodman

Submitted photo Thomas ‘Tommy John’ Goodman (far left) is pictured here at the Fort Dodge Senior High athletic department golf outing with (left to right) Terry Paulson, Jay Goodman and Bruce Hartley. Paulson is a former Dodger boys head coach; Jay Goodman is an ex-FDSH all-stater; and Hartley is a former Dodger coach and current Fort Dodge Middle School assistant principal. Tommy John Goodman died on Monday at the age of 52.

Thomas John Goodman, the eldest son of Fort Dodge Senior High Hall of Fame player and coach Tom Goodman, died suddenly at his Altoona home on Monday.

He was 52.

A former two-time all-state basketball player, “Tommy John” Goodman graduated from Sioux City North High School in 1985. He averaged 27 points per game as a senior for the North Stars, and scored 1,140 points in his prep career.

North reached the state tournament during Goodman’s sophomore and junior seasons in 1983 and ’84.

Goodman’s younger brother, Jay, moved to Fort Dodge from Sioux City in 1987. The Dodgers won the boys state basketball championship in 1988 behind the all-state efforts of Jay and Iowa’s Mr. Basketball for that season, Wade Lookingbill. Tom Goodman was the head coach.

Tommy John Goodman is in the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame alongside Tom, Jay, and Tom’s father, Connie.

Tom was a two-time all-state basketball player himself, and the 1965 Schultz Award winner at FDSH. His career varsity coaching record in 31 seasons, spanning eight different schools, stands at 428-239.

Tom had coaching stops at Victor-HLV, Emmetsburg, Sioux City North, Sioux City East, Fort Dodge, Southeast Polk, Saydel, and West Central Valley in Stuart.

Thomas John Goodman is survived by his wife, Heidi, and three sons: Tate, Quinn and Body.