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  Mike Good begins his third season as a radio talk show host for “ESPN-1450 Sports Weekly.” Recognized in many athletic circles throughout North Alabama, Mike was honored in 2001 by the Huntsville / Madison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for outstanding contributions in hosting athletic and sporting events.


Mike was recently named “Head Baseball Coach” at Madison Academy in Huntsville, AL. Prior to this assignment he served as the school’s pitching instructor and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach.   Mike is very active in every aspect of the Madison Academy Athletic Department.  He currently serves as the Assistant Jr. High Football Coach and has had previous assignments as the Head Jr. High Baseball Coach and Assistant Jr. High Basketball Coach.  Mike is also the “Groundskeeper” for the outdoor playing surfaces at Madison Academy.


Mike is the founder and current President of Monarch Baseball of North Alabama. Monarch Baseball supports competitive youth athletics and features summer as well as fall baseball for the accomplished high school athlete.   Mike’s 2002 fall “Showcase Team” team featured five (5) athletes named by Baseball America Magazine as the top baseball athletes in the state of Alabama. Those named by Baseball America include: Tyler Eddy (#5) - Hartselle HS, Matt Bentley (#11) - Hazel Green HS, Ray Bearden (#15) - Scottsboro HS, Josh Markham (#16) - Hartselle HS, and Josh Goodwin (#26) - Cullman HS.  In addition, Tyler Eddie was ranked among the nation’s elite with a ranking of #235.  Further, one former player Zac Ward (#17) – Hartselle HS, who is also an outstanding basketball player, was given “state” recognition by Baseball America.   Over the past seven (7) years, 68% of the athletes Mike has worked with through Monarch Baseball have received athletic scholarships at their respective colleges and universities.


It should be mentioned that Mike’s eighteen- (18) year old Monarch’s captured the Amateur Youth World Series. The team highlighted seventeen (17) college bound scholarship athletes.  In addition, the 1999 and 2000 Monarch’s qualified for the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) regional championship with the ‘99 squad being the first Alabama team to do so in fifteen (15) years.  The 1996 Monarch’s became the first Alabama representative to reach the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) High School Eligible World Series, a significant achievement in amateur athletics.  During the past two (2) summer campaigns, Monarch Baseball has also featured an individual seventeen (17) year old squad competing in American Legion Baseball and the Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association’s “SANDLOTT” Super Select Series. Monarch Baseball is also the managing arm for the North Alabama High School Eligible Summer Baseball League, a network of twenty-one (21) different communities which sponsors and coordinates several competitive youth baseball tournaments.


Mike’s other amateur athletic accomplishments include: Past President and current League Administrator for North Alabama Pop Warner Football. Pop Warner stresses that “Academics and Athletics” go hand in hand and rewards youth participants for classroom and scholarly achievement in addition to athletic performance.  In 2000, Mike was honored in Phoenix, AZ. as the Mid-South Pop Warner Little Scholars “Volunteer of the Year.” North Alabama Pop Warner Football sponsors both football teams and cheer squads alike, and has been instrumental in sending teams to the Junior Jaguar Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. and regional competitions in North Carolina and Virginia. Pop Warner Little Scholars now operates in Madison, Morgan, and Limestone counties, encompasses 1200 children and 250 adult volunteers, and is comprised of over 70 football teams and cheer squads.


Mike began his athletic career in Arlington, VA. where he was a three (3) sport letterman at Yorktown High School. He was a three- (3) year starter and two- (2) year captain of the varsity baseball team, an “All Potomac District Team” selection in both his junior and senior seasons, and named “All Northern Virginia” in 1973. Mike graduated holding records for the highest single season batting average, most hits-season, most walks-season and career, most extra base-hits-season and career, and most RBI’s season.  Mike received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W) where he was a member of their nationally ranked and NAIA World Series team of 1975.  Mike was a member of UNC-W’s first NCAA Division 1 baseball team in 1977 and was also a member of the 1973 and 1974 Stroube’s Baseball Club which earned trips to the All-America Amateur Baseball Association World Series.  After completing two summer seasons in North Carolina’s Collegiate Summer League, Mike married the former Peggy Lyons. Mike and Peggy currently make their home in Madison, Alabama. The Good’s have two children, Logan and Kyle, both graduates of Madison Academy.  Logan is a senior at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and Kyle is a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University.