Cal Goings

Cal Goings, born in Tacoma in 1942 and a 1960 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School, has enjoyed a long and continuing involvement as a slowpitch softball player and coach.

Goings has played just about every position on the diamond since taking up the game in 1961 as a member of the Purdy Real Estate team. Since then, he has played for Browers Tavern, The Haven, Liberty Real Estate and Topping Motors, closing out the first part of his "career" in 1984. He returned to the diamond in the master's circuit with Jimmie Macs in 2004, and this year he is playing for First American Title.

During those years, Goings earned more than his share of tournament all-star and MVP honors, and he also played in national tournaments in Anaheim, Calif., and Boise, Idaho. In addition to playing the game, he coached women's slowpitch from 1969-80.

Goings' sports interests go beyond softball. He has coached youth football and basketball, and for some three decades has officiated high school football and basketball games, including numerous state championship contests.

In 2003, he officiated the Class 2A state championship football game with his eldest son Curt, marking the first time that a father and son have officiated a state title game. Curt had been scheduled to officiate in the 3A title game, but the WIAA allowed the switch to give the father-and-son team this unique honor.