GREAT FALLS — Cali Buck and Rick Goodman starred on the small school courts in Choteau and Belt respectively. Both chose to remain close to home in college and turned in stellar careers. Today those careers were recognized with an induction into the Argo Hall of Fame at the University of Great Falls.
Goodman, a 1975 College of Great Falls graduate, is one of the greatest prep basketball players in Montana history finishing his high school careers as the state’s all time leading rebounder (1,929 rebounds), a mark that still stands today. He spent his freshman year at Montana Tech where he led the Frontier conference with 14.2 rebounds per game.
He transferred to UGF before his sophomore season where his play-making potential was realized. Goodman made the shift from forward to point guard for his junior and senior seasons and graduated fifth all-time in career assists (323) and seventh all-time in career rebounds (467).
Goodman went on to a 38 year career in teaching and coaching, including stops at Lewistown, Belt, Moore, Centerville and Westby. Of all the accolades he received at UGF (and there were many), he says the thing he’s most proud of is the way he grew as a person while in college.
“That’s what I try to do off the court in the game of life,” he said. “The University of Great Falls blended in me character and morals and to be a good person. Good things happen to good people.”
Fellow UGF Hall of Famer and current Great Falls High girls’ basketball coach Jerry Schmitz introduced Goodman, a former teammate, at Friday’s luncheon.
Buck was one of UGF volleyball coach Arunas Duda’s first big-time in-state recruits and she quickly showed that she belonged. The Choteau native made the Frontier Conference All-Freshman team in 2006 and only got better from there.
Buck ended her career with 957 kills, 207 blocks and 100 service aces.
“Four great years,” Buck said of her time at UGF. “A few injuries my junior year but great people, great atmosphere. I feel very honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
Buck was introduced at Friday’s banquet by Duda who recalled receiving a speeding ticket on a recruiting visit to Choteau to meet with his recruit.
A list of previous UGF Hall of Fame Inductees can be found here.