Catching Up With Barry Goheen

Former Vandy basketball standout updates life and career

by Andrew Maraniss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Part of an ongoing series, catches up with former Vanderbilt men’s basketball great Barry Goheen.

Goheen played for the Commodores from 1985-89 and was an All-SEC selection as a senior. The 6-foot-3 guard played 126 games for Vandy and averaged 12 points per game for his career.

Goheen recently took some time for a Q&A to update his life and career: What is your occupation these days?

Goheen: “Attorney.”

How has COVID-19 affected you and your family?

“We are currently in lockdown in Atlanta and my kids are going to school online.”

What has been the hardest adjustment?

“Until recently, being unable to play golf because our club was closed. It recently reopened, happily.”

What has been the most pleasant surprise in these circumstances?

“We have had some great family time that we wouldn’t ordinarily have, and that has been wonderful.”

Any good books, movies or games to recommend?

“I’d recommend the following books:

  • The Suspect (Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen): A great account of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing and the unfair blaming of Richard Jewell for it.
  • All Blood Runs Red (Phil Keith and Tom Clavin): The hard-to-believe-it’s-true story of Eugene Bullard, born in Georgia in 1895, who ran away to England and became a top-flight boxer, then wound up in France and became history’s first African-American military pilot, fighting for the French in World War I, then ran a popular Paris nightclub in the roaring 20s.
  • Games of Deception (Andrew Maraniss): A compelling account of the very first Olympic Games that featured basketball at the 1936 Berlin Games.

What was your all-time favorite moment as a Commodore?

“Hard to say, but beating Pitt and going to the Sweet Sixteen in 1988 is right there.”

What do you miss most in the sports world right now?

“A lot – the Final Four was to be here in Atlanta and now we would have been watching The Masters in Augusta last month. And I miss baseball!”

Any advice or words of wisdom to Commodore Nation to help us get through this?

“The VandyBoys are still national champs!”