Bill Goodman resigned Thursday as the Greely High girls’ basketball coach, leaving a team that could contend for a Western Class B title.

He had a three-year record of 51-11, leading the Rangers deep in the playoffs each season.

“It’s just time to find something else to do,” said Goodman. “I’ll think about what I want to do the next couple of days. I’ll talk to my wife and we’ll decide. I definitely still want to coach.”

There are a couple of openings in Western Class A, including McAuley, where Amy Vachon left this week to take a position as an assistant coach at the University of Maine. McAuley won the Class A state title last year and returns a strong cast.

“I want to coach; if I have to, I’ll be an assistant somewhere,” said Goodman. “I love to teach.”

The Rangers lost their first six players from the 2009-10 season but still were among last year’s top Western Class B clubs. They went 15-5, losing to York in the regional semifinals.

“They should be very good,” Goodman said.

York was the one team Goodman and the Rangers couldn’t beat. They were 0-8 against York in three years, each season eliminated by the Wildcats.

But Goodman was especially proud of last winter’s team, a very young squad that improved as the season went on.

“That’s probably the season I’m most proud of,” he said. “To get to the Western Maine final twice was awesome. But I take more pride in getting back to the semifinals last year to play York again.”

Only three seniors graduated, leaving Goodman’s replacement in good shape.

Goodman, who lives in Falmouth, also coaches the Deering golf team. In his nine seasons, the Rams have won two Class A state championships and finished second three times.

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