VILONIA — Tim Goers, the newly hired head boys basketball coach for the Vilonia School District, said he believes he is going from a "great place" to a place that is "really something special."

"I grew up in a school (Booneville) that was successful in so much," he said. "I want to be a part of that again. My family wants to be a part of that."

Three visits to the community, he said, and he feels like he is among old friends. He also spoke briefly about the school district and some of the basketball players he is leaving behind.

"I’m not running from anything. In fact, I’m sad to be leaving Booneville. It is a great place," he said. "But my family, we feel we are going to a place that is really something special."

Goers’ wife, Amy, and their two sons, Grant and Mason, were in the audience as well as his parents, Stephen and Mary Goers, and his wife’s parents, Mike and Sue Dean Goodpaster. He introduced them, and on many occasions he made reference to the importance of family.

Originally from Illinois, Goers said his father coached basketball for more than 31 years and retired as the "winningest coach in Illinois." Basketball, he added, has been a part of his life "ever since I can remember. It is very important to me."

Goers said he has already attended three practices with Vilonia players and believes he has inherited a great group of players.

"I’m going to come in here and work hard—we are going to work hard together," he said. He said he plans to provide the instruction and leadership to help students develop their talents on and off the field "where they are proud to be an Eagles basketball player."

Goers is credited with turning around the Booneville program taking it into the state tournament for the first time in school history. Although he left the school for awhile, he has coached at Booneville for a total of five years. Also, he served as an assistant coach in northern Illinois alongside his father. He also served as a coach in Springfield, Ill., for a year and Ozark for two years.

Goers attended college at Arkansas Tech. His wifeis from Fort Smith. Amy Goers also has been hired by the Vilonia School District to teach math at the Middle School.

Assistant Superintendent/Athletic Director Ed Sellers introduced Goers to the 100 or so in attendance saying many candidates had been interviewed prior to hiring Goers. He said he believes Goers will be a good fit and encouraged the audience to get to know him and his family.

Taking to the podium, Superintendent Dr. Frank Mitchell joked with Goers on several subjects. One, he said, he doesn’t know "if this community is ready for a boys basketball coach with hair."

On a serious note, he said there are a few "things" he would like to see happen with the district’s program. He said he would like for everyone to adopt the attitude that "we can compete and we can win." He spoke briefly about strategies, adjustments and motivation not in the sense as a coach but as an administrator. He said he would like to see Goer "take control and ownership of this program," but to remember that one can never be the best if it is a "one-person program.

"We need this to be players, parents and a community program," he added.