Steve Huntington has been named the Cheverus High girls’ basketball coach.

Huntington replaces Richie Ashley, who resigned two months ago after seven seasons as coach of the Stags; his teams went 86-52 overall and made the playoffs every year.

Huntington is a former assistant coach with the Deering and Scarborough boys’ varsities. He was a standout player at Deering and later at Westbrook College, then the University of New England when the schools merged. At UNE he holds the school record of 11 3-pointers in a game.

“I’ve wanted to coach a varsity team for a long time,” said Huntington. “Richie built a great program. The foundation is there with a great group of kids. If you want to coach high school basketball in Maine, Cheverus is one of the best places you could be at.”

The opening day of high school basketball practice is Nov. 17. Huntington met his prospective players Wednesday.

Huntington, 38, owns a family business involved in facilities management. Recently he has been coaching the Maine Firecrackers and the Blue Wave in AAU. He also has been an instructor at the Pro Fit Basketball Training Facility in Scarborough.

Huntington said he likes his teams to play up-tempo and apply full-court defensive pressure.

“We’re excited to welcome Steve into our basketball program,” said Cheverus Athletic Director Gary Hoyt. “He’s a coach who is well respected by his peers as being well-organized in stressing fundamental basketball. Steve has a proven track record of relating to this age group. We’re looking forward to Steve continuing the legacy of Cheverus girls’ basketball.”

Huntington got his start in coaching out of college as an assistant to Coach Dave Brenner at Deering, his former coach.

“Dave taught me how to coach,” said Huntington. “He’s been a go-to guy for me.”

Huntington spent two years with Brenner at Deering, then two more with Mike Francoeur, who succeeded Brenner. Huntington was an assistant at Scarborough for four seasons under Joe Johnson, then for one season under Tony DiBiase.

Huntington lives in Scarborough with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.