PORTLAND — Saying that the time was right, Bob Brown of Cheverus, a longtime Maine high school basketball coach, has retired after 32 seasons coaching at seven different schools.

Brown’s career also included stints as head coach at three different colleges – St. Anselm’s College, the University of Southern Maine and Division I Boston University.

Brown has been Cheverus’ coach for the past 11 seasons. Brown won two Class A state titles at Cheverus and four overall. He won two state titles in 1978 and 1979 at South Portland High.

Brown, 73, said he made his decision on Tuesday and informed Cheverus Principal John Mullen and school Athletic Director Gary Hoyt on Wednesday. Brown said he has been mulling retirement for the last few years.

“For the last few years, I would take time after the season and ask myself if I wanted to continue,” said Brown.

“This time the answer was ‘No.’ I absolutely have great kids on the team and it would have been fun being part of their development over the next couple of seasons, but after thinking it over, it was time to step aside. I wanted to leave the program in good shape and I think I’ve done that,” he said.

Counting high school and college ranks, Brown was a head coach for 42 years. He leaves with an overall high school record of 476-154 and a college record of 142-144. Counting head coaching and his time as an assistant coach in both high school and college, Brown has coached for 52 years.

Brown coached Southern Maine for three years. His 1988-89 Huskies made it to the NCAA Division III Final Four, finishing third in the country. His overall record with USM was 66-24.

“Bob’s goal was not just to teach players the game he loves, but to use the game to teach boys to be men,” said Hoyt.

“Bob always asked much of his players, but more of himself. His high standards have given him an equally high place in the hearts of his players and colleagues.”

An avid fisherman, Brown said he plans to do plenty of that along with playing tennis, bridge and traveling with his wife Bonny to visit their children and seven grandchildren.