May 30, 2012

Goins heading to the OC

Kevin McCarthy

Moving from couchsurfing and wondering about the when/what/where of his next meal to a scholarship at a private university fifteen minutes from the beach, Brian Goins' life has come full circle.

The Diablo Valley College (DVC) sophomore backcourter with the challenging life situation has parlayed his unique basketball talents into a new home for the next two years, Concordia University in Irvine. That means playing for Coach Ken Ammann, the former Stanford guard whose team is coming off an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) hoops championship. The Eagles under Amman also nabbed a national title back in 2003.

photo of Brian Goins

So why Concordia for Goins?

"I saw it as a home away from home and could see myself living there," Goins explained. "I had a real good impression from Coach Ammann and I talked to a lot of players who said good things about him." There also wasn't any 'selling a dream' attempt during Goins' visit, something he welcomed.

The first team All-State selection also connected with returning Concordia senior Donnell Phifer, a 5-foot-9 backcourter who led the Eagles with 141 assists while averaging 8.6 points per game. It looks like a coach's delight pairing as Goins was the leading DVC scorer this season at 18.8 points per game as well as passing out 116 assists.

Also, adding to the attraction and matchup is Concordia graduating its top four scorers and being a three-point shooting team, having attempted 737 treys last season to 513 for opponents.

Regarding what Concordia fans will witness on the court, Goins simply said, "I'll be helping the team win games and hopefully, God willing, I'll be able to help put up more championship banners as well to an already talented prestigious program."

His mother is working in Kabul, Afghanistan after a career in the military and Goins sent her tapes of his DVC games. He is hoping to do the same with Concordia.

From dropping out of a continuation high school in Concord to his present opportunity, Goins has endured life's lows and is welcoming the highs -- the key for him being learning from both.