The John Carroll School had named Seth Goldberg its new athletics director and boys' basketball coach.
Goldberg, who previously served as a physical education teacher and boys' basketball coach at St. Paul's School for Boys, was selected for the new positions at John Carroll after an extensive search.
Though the athletic director opening received plenty of interest from highly qualified candidates, John Carroll president Steve DiBiagio said Goldberg was easily the committee's first choice.
"What distinguished Seth from the other applicants was his leadership and focus on improving the student-athletes as students, athletes and people," DiBiagio said. "His general leadership and track record made him stand out, plus his sheer enthusiasm and positive outlook on life. I felt that Seth would make an immediate impact from day one."
Goldberg started at St. Paul's in 2006 and coached the Crusaders to 11 straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "B" conference playoff appearances, including three league championships.
He also has 18 years of teaching experience and has run basketball camps and tournaments through his organization,
Seth Goldberg Basketball Camps
. Goldberg is also involved with the Special Olympics, and co-founded Morgan Mentors, a mentoring program coordinated through Morgan State that serves 200 kids from Baltimore City.
Goldberg had initially only applied for the athletic director position at John Carroll. But as the selection process wore on, John Carroll boys' basketball coach John Zito, who had coached at the school for two seasons, decided to step away from the program. The open position seemed like a natural fit for Goldberg.
Though he admits he'll be busy during the winter months, Goldberg is confident he will be up for the challenge.
"I am not someone who does anything on my own," Goldberg said. "I've got a great family and a tremendous support staff at John Carroll. Life is about figuring out how best to move forward. I don't have all the answers, but I'll tell you, I'm extremely excited for that process."
On the court, Goldberg inherits a program that has been among Baltimore's best in recent seasons. The Patriots compiled a 61-20 record during Zito's two-year tenure, which included an MIAA "A" conference championship this past winter.
Much of this past year's team was centered around senior guard duo Immanuel Quickley and Montez Mathis, which was considered one of the best high school backcourts in the country. With Quickley now playing for Kentucky and Mathis starting his collegiate career at Rutgers, Goldberg inherits a less-experienced team.
"We will build a culture here," Goldberg said. "As far as goals and expectations in year one, I can't put my finger on that right now. Looking ahead my main goal between now and day one is watching our players grow and getting more excited. There isn't a sense that we need to hit a certain mark right now, it's more like needing to focus on what we can control."
From the athletic director side of things, DiBiagio said Goldberg already has some fans in the John Carroll community, despite only being on the job for a few days. Goldberg was on campus when school was in session, meeting with students and working to establish a personal relationship with them. He also spoke with coaches and attended an alumni golf outing.
"He's such an engaging and personable guy who's very genuine," DiBiagio said. "What you see is what you get, and the response has been incredibly positive."
Goldberg said he's taking the summer to familiarize himself with his new school and athletic programs. He plans to use the skills and lessons he's gained from his past experiences to help guide John Carroll's athletic program toward continued success.
"I value people, so I think that when you look at the things I do or like to do, it's about how I can help," Goldberg said. "For me, the driving force of where my success will happen is staying true to core values and having great people around me to help. John Carroll has those things in place, and I'm excited to get to be a part of it."
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seth Goldberg