David Gould - 2.0 - 2001
Class: 2.0 Player
Jersey Number: 00
Home: New Post Richey, Florida
Hall Of Fame Induction: 2001
Team: Tampa Generals 1989-1998 as a player
Dave Gould was a member of the original Tampa Generals in 1989, and made a name for himself in his first year of play. He was selected to a U.S. National team that was selected to play at the Stoke Mandeville games in 1990. He would go on to play for every U.S. National team until an injury cut his career short after the 1998 World Championships. "Goldie", a leader by example, was a coaches dream as he was always one play ahead. Reggie Richner who coached him in 1994 and 1998 in International competition described him as "The most fundamentally sound player in the game". Fellow Hall of Famer Terry Vinyard, who coached him his entire career called him the most well rounded player the game has seen. He did everything well and worked hard to improve every aspect of his game. You can count on one hand the mistakes he made during his career, he was simply the smartest player on the court, Vinyard concludes.
Gould was the Captain of the Generals team that won three National Championships, and recorded an amazing 93-game winning streak. Gould and his team were the model of consistency, playing 41 straight Tournament Championship games. He was also Captain of the 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1998 U.S. National Teams. Idolized by many and respected by all, Goldie set the standard for mid-point ball handlers. He will always be remembered for his pinpoint passing. "Goldie" often left opponents in disbelief, shaking their heads after a perfect pass went by the defender directly into the hands of his teammate. If assist records were kept, he would most likely be the Leagues all-time leader. Always a student of the game, Gould was one of the first players to study opponents and their tendencies. In a 3rd/4th place game between Tampa and Dallas in 1991 National Tournament, Gould was defending the key with his back to an oncoming Steve Scott. Goldie stopped Scott short of the goal by turning to his right. When asked afterwards if he just guessed right or how did he know which way Scott would go, Gould sheepishly quipped "He always goes to his right."
Gould was an example for everyone in the sport, showing that you didn't have to get paid to have a professional approach to the game. Affectionately known by many nicknames besides his "Goldie" handle including "Baby faced Assassin", "The Chosen one" and "The Golden One", he was a mainstay on All-tournament Teams throughout the 90's.
Gould was always a competitor, injured while stretching a double into a triple during an Army softball game. Soon after his injury he began playing Wheelchair Basketball until he found out about Rugby in 1989. Then it was all about Rugby, nothing else for the New Hampshire native. He became a great leader by example, which fit his quite personality. Gould also served as a player-instructor in several PVA Rugby clinics in the 90's.
He still assists his only team, the Tampa Generals, even coaching them after Vinyard stepped down in 2001.