BOONEVILLE – Lanny Gooch of Houston picked up one more professional award from his career in coaching basketball as he was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame during the All-Star game in Booneville June 1.
Gooch, a native of Toccopola, completed his post-secondary education at Itawamba Junior College and the University of Mississippi earning B.A. and M.E. degrees.
He began his career as an assistant coach at Yocona High School in Lafayette County, but moved to Houston in 1966 to take on the role of Junior High School basketball coach. The moved seemed to fit well, as Gooch spent the rest of his 35-year career in Houston, serving as high school basketball coach for boys and girls from 1968-1998.
He led a highly successful program at HHS racking up impressive statistics, including:
* Overall record (girls and boys), 773-356 (68.47 percent)
* 11 teams advancing to State tournament
* Won 1985 State Girl’s Championship (34-2)
* Runners up 1971 State Boy’s Championship (32-2)
* Eight North State Championship teams
* 1971 MAC All Star Coach
* 1985 Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Coach of the Year
* Conference Coach of the Year, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982
* District 4 Coach of the Year, 1995
Gooch also coached winning teams and individual champions in golf, baseball and girl’s track at HHS and has served on several athletic boards and committees.
He and wife, Jane, have three grown children and are members of Houston First United Methodist Church.