Words about Elton
Coach Goodwin was a 'throw-back'. Clad often in overalls, a flannel shirt, and the ever-present "SK" ball cap, he was small in stature but with a larger than life persona. He was a man born with intensity and passion in his veins; and a man who did not know the meaning of the words "quit" or "can't".
It was these, along with other 'life-lessons' that were instilled in his players and students from the moment you stepped into his classroom, or onto his baseball diamond. They weren't just words; they were a way of life. Sometimes misunderstood as over-bearing, and often "grouchy", Elton held all those around him to the highest of standards, and pushed them to be the best men and women they could be...whether on the field, in the classroom, or in life.
Elton was a banty rooster. He wasn't real big, and he was pretty loud and aggressive; but he always looked out for his flock.Ernie & Barb Hahn
It's just like the power went out on one of our big, bright stars from earth. He's like my second dad, and not just my second dad. He was a lot of guys' second dads.Cully Ecklund (former player)
Elton Changed Lives
It was 1974 when the recent CWU graduate was handed the reins of a mediocre baseball program from his small (and then unknown) hometown of Port Orchard, WA. What happened in the following 30 years is the stuff of legend; the type of stuff Hollywood writes sports movies about. Preaching hard work, accountability, and "repetition, repetition, repetition", Elton soon had the Wolves riding high as a national powerhouse year in, and year out. Opposing coaches feared him, and parents of his players revered him.
Tirelessly motivated by perfection, Elton was not satisfied to simply watch his varsity squad take home title after title each year. Equal attention was given not just to star players, but to junior varsity (JV) underclassmen, and Little Leaguers as young as 10. These boys may not have played for him yet, but he knew someday soon they would be his to mold into champions. A consummate student of the game, Elton seized any possible opportunity to hone, and pass on his craft. He both attended, and taught baseball camps nearly every year; never tiring in his love of teaching the game.
-Jeffrey Fields #8 ('85 - All Narrows 3rd base)