Rich Goulet devoted 50 years of his life to basketball in British Columbia. He spent nearly 40 of those years at Pitt Meadows Secondary School. There, Coach Goulet built one of the most admired and successful high school basketball programs in the country.
Through the years, Coach Goulet left an indelible mark on the lives of thousands of young athletes and hundreds of coaches. The heartfelt outpouring of admiration, love, and respect for Coach following his passing on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 are a testament to his positive, lasting influence on so many.
When you played for him, his desire was clear: individually as players and together as a team, he pushed you to achieve your full potential. But to measure Coach only by his success on the court would miss the point. Yes, it’s true that if you were fortunate enough to play for him, you probably left his program the best basketball player you could be. In fact, in many cases, you probably left even better than you ought to have been. But more importantly, you definitely left his program as part of a community, with a work ethic and sense of dedication that prepared you for the rest of your life. That is the true measure of Coach. His impact on our lives extends far beyond the gym, and long after our final playing days.
This petition calls for the gym at PMSS to be renamed for Coach Goulet. We’d probably ask for more, he easily earned it, but he wouldn’t have wanted a grander gesture; he was too humble for that.
So, as his former players, fellow coaches and dear friends, we ask that you consider our petition to rename the gym in honour of the greatest coach to ever pace its sidelines, preserving the legacy of excellence, selflessness and dedication synonymous with the name Goulet.
Rest in Peace Rich GouletIt was April of 2000 that I first had the opportunity to learn and work with Coach Goulet. My life has not been the same since. He has had a immeasurable impact on my life and my career as a basketball coach. Every idea and thought I have had I would measure next to what Rich would say or do. Rich you will forever be missed. Our hearts are saddened! Rest In His Peace. #MadeWithRip
Thank you Coach Goulet for helping and encouraging me to start the BC Gr9 Boys Championships 25 years ago. I treasure so many memories coaching against you, learning from you, teaching my teams and players at many Pitt summer camps and Basketball BC teams. Everything you have done for so many in our basketball and sports community, you touched so many lives in so many positive ways. Rest in Peace Coach, you will be missed and your memory will live on.
We are truly saddened by the sudden loss of our dear basketball coach, referee and mentor on February 22, 2021. His strong will, passion, dedication and commitment to our sport, our kids and our community will be sorely missed.
He helped so many young aspiring basketballers and referees and gave generously of his time and talents both on and off the basketball court.
He now leaves behind a heartbroken family who’ve lost their beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend.
Please visit the GoFundMe page set up to help his family HERE
We’re pleased to present this award to Paul Ebernhardt.
This will be Paul’s 38th year of coaching basketball and his 7th year leading the Falcons. Paul has coached at all levels of basketball including High School, Provincial Team, National Team and the CCAA.
Coach Ebe guided his RC Palmer Griffins to the ultimate title in BC High School Sports as they won the “AAA” BC Championships in 2011. He then followed that up with back to back Canadian College PACWEST titles in 2013 & 2014 and led the Langara Falcons to their first National Title in 15 years beating Red Deer in the finals in 2014.
Paul is one of only a handful of coaches who has taken three different teams to the BC High School Championships (Magee, McNair, & RC Palmer) and he also guided the Capilano Blues to a BC Championship and National Final Four in 2003.
Coach Ebe has been very involved in the BC Elite program having been the Head Coach on 10 occasions winning 6 Western Canadian Gold medals and 1 National silver medal. Presently Ebe is the chair of the U17 selection committee and is actively involved in helping to develop the BBC Elite program. He also had the opportunity to serve as an assistant to Coach Jay Triano and the men’s National team from 2000 to 2004.
Coach Eberhardt has received many honours in his career including BBC High School Coach of the Year in 2007 & 2011, Richmond Coach of the Year in 2011, Mike Potkonjak Coaching Award of Excellence in 2007, PACWEST Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, & 2017, Sport BC Coach of the Year in 2014 and CCAA Men’s BB Coach of the Year in 2013.
Coach Eberhardt is also very involved in volunteering his time as the President of the BC High School Boys Basketball Association from 2013 to 2018 and he has also served on the board of directors for the “Night Hoops” program.
Presently Coach Ebe’s record at Langara College in the past 6 years is a very impressive 97 wins and 23 losses in league play (.808) and 14 wins and 8 losses (.636) in the playoffs.
Special Thanks to the Burnaby South Team, Victoria Lee, Principal, PE & Health Department Head, Josh Ogilvie, Teacher and Coach Jason Price, the Athletic Leadership Team known as the Rebels Athletic Crew (the RAC), Rebel team parents and the man on the ground every hour of the Tourney, Robbie Puni, Athletic Director.
And thank you to Tournament and Game Directors, Steve Pettifer, Michael Pettifer, Greg Matic, Jason Price and Parker Simson.