By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The summer's premier basketball tournament that is coming to Capital University in July will now have some additional local flair. Capital Head Men's Basketball Coach Damon Goodwin will be serving as head coach for The Red Scare, the University of Dayton's alumni team, in The Basketball Tournament (TBT).
Goodwin, now entering his 25th year as Capital's head coach, will patrol the sidelines for The Red Scare in the 2019 edition of The Basketball Tournament - now in its sixth year of existence. TBT will be hosting its regional championship round of play on the Dayton alum's home court in July. Goodwin's connection with his alma mater was reinvigorated prior to the 2018-19 basketball season when the Crusaders took on the Dayton Flyers, led by Goodwin's former teammate Anthony Grant, in an exhibition contest at the newly renovated UD Arena on Nov. 2. Capital lost that contest, 89-71.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT) will be arriving on Capital's campus for the second straight year. Last year, capacity crowds packed The Capital Center Performance Arena for the three-day tournament that featured the hometown Ohio State alumni team sweeping through the competition. Now, Goodwin and The Red Scare may be on a collision course with that Buckeye alumni squad.
"After watching the games last year at Capital and seeing the crowd that Ohio State had for their games, I thought the TBT was very exciting and I'm glad that I have an opportunity to be involved with the Dayton team this year," said Goodwin. "Having the event at Capital makes it even better. It will be a great way to show off our facility and campus to a national audience, again."
The opportunity was presented to Coach Goodwin after a conversation with Jeremiah Bonsu, one of the organizers of the Red Scare team. The discussion led to an inquiry on Goodwin's interest in coaching the team, which led to a peaked curiosity. After a day of contemplation, Goodwin agreed to serve as head coach.
"There are some very good players on our team so I'm truly looking forward to getting to know them and be able to coach a very high level of basketball player."
Goodwin is now the first active NCAA coach to take the reins of a team competing at TBT in its six-year history.
TBT is a 64-team tournament of top-notch professional basketball, featuring college alumni teams, international basketball stars, ex-NBA players and future NBA players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament. Columbus is one of eight regional host sites along with Greensboro, N.C., Lexington, Ky., Memphis, Tenn., Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City, Utah, Syracuse, N.Y., and Wichita, Kansas. The champions from each regional site will move on to Championship Weekend to play for the $2 million, winner-take-all prize in Chicago from August 1-6.
Tickets are on sale for the Columbus Regional and can be purchased online at https://thebasketballtournament.ticketspice.com/tbt-columbus-2019.
For more information on TBT, go to www.thetournament.com.