Faces of Sports: Goedert credits father for love of game
As a young ballplayer cutting his teeth on youth athletic fields in Hastings, Joe Goedert remembers well the lessons his father, Paul, imparted on him while schooling him on the ins and outs of playing competitive sports.
The message, as Joe clearly remembers it, was in no way unique. Nor was it glamorous. Yet hidden in his father's well worn ideals handed down from one generation to another were the keys to shaping a successful athletic career, keys Goedert has since shared with his own sons.
As a young adult pitching for the Roseland city team, Paul Goedert threw hard, utilizing a popping fastball and screw ball to keep hitters off balanced. Hardly an expert on all sports — for instance, he knew little about kicking a football — he was nevertheless able to impart his no-nonsense work ethic on to Joe. That hard-nosed mindset has served Joe well through the years, first as an athlete, and later as a father, coach, and provider.
"Dad passed on his love of sport to me," Joe said.