Dr. James A. Goss was an outstanding baseball player at GW for four years ('75-79). He came to the Foggy Bottom campus from nearby Potomac, Md. and Churchill High School. According to his Colonials coach (and Athletic Hall of Famer) Mike Toomey, Goss was the "first and most influential player in the 'rebirth' of the GW baseball program in the '70s". The Colonials, which won 91 games during Goss's four seasons, steadily improved during his college playing career.
A shortstop for his first three years, Goss moved to third base for his senior season. While he was solid defensively, he especially excelled at the plate. He hit .415 as a junior, 12th highest batting average in the nation in '78 (earning the team's MVP Award), and followed it up with a robust .390 average as a senior. He also displayed deceptive speed on the basepaths, ranking 10th in the nation in triples (6) and 17th in stolen bases (24) in '78.
GW won 25 games in '78, then recorded the winningest campaign in school history in '79 when the Colonials notched a 35-16 mark, including their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 20 years. That season, many accolades came Jim's way, including: GW Outstanding Men's Senior Athlete, first team All-East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC), first team All-East Region and second team Academic All-America honors.
Goss earned his bachelor's degree in geology in '79 at GW, his medical degree in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia and his orthopedic surgeon residency in 1997 from the University of Tennessee's Campbell Clinic in Memphis. He is now an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of Johnson City, Tenn. A resident of Gray, Tenn., Goss is married to the former Cindy Toomey (no relation to Mike). The couple has two daughters, Nikki and Sherri.