Scott Goodman (coach)

Scott William Goodman (born 27 June 1960) is a leading Australian Paralympic athletics coach and sports administrator.

Scott Goodman
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2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Goodman
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born27 June 1960
Melbourne, Victoria
SportTrack and field
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finalsHead Coach of the Australian Paralympic athletics team 2004 and 2008

Goodman was born on 27 June 1960 in Melbourne, Victoria.[1] In the 1980, he was a physical education teacher in Tasmania.[2] In 1990, he completed a Master of Applied Science at Phillip Institute of Technology. His thesis was titled: An Investigation of the physical fitness of Victorian spinal cord dysfunction children and youth. In 1990, he moved to Canberra to work at the Australian Coaching Council, which was located at the Australian Institute of Sport.[3] Between 1990 and 1998, he worked in the area of coaching athletes with a disability.[3] This work resulted in the publication of the following important coaching resources:

  • Nunn, C.J. and Goodman, S. Coaching amputee athletes. Canberra, Australian Sports Commission, 1992
  • Holland, B. and Goodman, S.Coaching athletes with an intellectual disability. Canberra, Australian Sports Commission 1994
  • Goodman, S. Coaching athletes with disabilities : general principles. Canberra, Australian Sports Commission, 1993
  • Hockey, K. and Goodman, S. Coaching athletes with vision impairments. Canberra Australian Sports Commission, 1992
  • Bremner, A. and Goodman, S.Coaching deaf athletes. Canberra, Australian Sports Commission, 1992
  • Goodman, S. Coaching wheelchair athletes Canberra, Australian Sports Commission, 1996

Many of these titles were updated.

From 1998 to 2000, he was the Athletics High Performance Manager for the Australian Paralympic Committee leading into the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.[3] From 2001 to 2010, he was employed by the Australian Institute of Sport Athletics Program in the dual roles of Manager and Head Coach of Athletics Australia’s Paralympic Preparation Program.[3] Goodman has been an athletics coach at four successive Paralympic Games from 1996 to 2008 and was Head Coach at 2004 Athens[4] and 2008 Beijing Games.[5] He was an athletics manager at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. In May 2011, Goodman was appointed High Performance Manager for Athletics New Zealand[3]

He has coached both able bodied and athletes with a disability over 20 years. Notable abled bodied athletes include Stuart Rendell, duel Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Tim Driesen, national hammer throw title holder. Paralympic athletes that he has coached include: Hamish MacDonald, Damien Burroughs, Amanda Fraser, Murray Goldfinch, Wayne Bell and Michael Dowling. His work for disability sport was recognised in 2000 with the Australian Sports Medal[6] and in 2008 with the Paralympic Medal. The later medal is the highest form of recognition available for a non-Paralympic competitor involved with in Australian Paralympic sport.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games Sydney. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000.
  2. ^ Cooke, Graeme (2006). "Differences need not divide". Sports Coach. 27 (2): 14–16. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Performance Director appointed". Athletics New Zealand Website, 15 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. ^ Media Guide - Athens 2004 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Media Guide - Beijing 2008 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Scott William Goodman". It's An Honour. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Goodman honoured with prestigious Paralympic Medal". Athletics Australia. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2011.