Billy Goodman, who coached McAuley’s girls’ basketball team to three straight Class A state titles earlier this decade and also enjoyed a very successful stint with the Greely girls, was named Wednesday as the new girls’ varsity coach at Cheverus High School.

“It’s great,” said Goodman, reached in Augusta, Georgia, after watching a practice round of The Masters golf tournament. “I really enjoyed (being an assistant at) Deering last year, but I wanted to be a head coach again. I’m really excited. There are 61 days to go until summer ball and I can’t wait to meet the girls.”

Cheverus athletic director Amy Ashley said in a statement that Goodman’s record (172-35 in 10 seasons) speaks volumes.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Goodman lead our program,” Ashley said. “Bill has been extremely successful at the high school level. His resume speaks for itself. He cares for his players on and off the court and he understands that skills development is as important as character development. He is a great fit for Cheverus High School.”

Goodman went 51-11 at Greely between 2008-09 and 2010-11, twice leading the Rangers to the then-Western Class B Final. Goodman then took over the powerhouse McAuley program in 2011 and coached the Lions to three consecutive crowns. In his seven years with McAuley (and later Maine Girls’ Academy), Goodman went 121-24).

MGA closed last summer and Goodman wound up assisting Mike Murphy with the Deering girls’ program this past season (Goodman began his coaching career early this century as an assistant to Mike D’Andrea with the Deering girls) and helped the Rams overcome a 1-13 start to make an improbable run to the Class AA North Final.

“‘Murph’ and the Deering girls were great,” Goodman said. “I once ended up at Deering’s rival, McAuley, and now I’m going to McAuley’s rival. I’ll do what I’ve done at Deering, Greely and McAuley. I just want to coach.

“I’ve had success with different types of teams and coaching different styles. I have to find out what these girls are good at. This summer will be a big deal.”

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