BREWER, Maine — Ben Goodwin has resigned as the boys varsity basketball coach at Brewer High School after four years, citing work and family reasons.
“We talk about time commitment with the kids during basketball season, and I just didn’t have the time to give anymore,” said Goodwin, who notified Brewer athletic administrator Dave Utterback of his decision this week.
“You need time for your job and time for your family, and my family has been great about it, the school’s been great and my job has been great in helping me work around the schedule, but something had to give.”
Goodwin for the last three years has worked as a ranger with the Maine Forest Service based in Brownville, covering an area from south-central Piscataquis County up through the Moosehead Lake region.
His duties include wood harvest inspections and fire control, the latter which has resulted in Goodwin traveling out of state to such locales as Oregon, Minnesota and Quebec, Canada, to help battle forest fires during recent summers.
Goodwin lives in his native Eddington with his wife and two children, 7-year-old son Ryder and 4-year-old daughter Ainsley.
“We talked as a family, and I can always go and coach again, but you can’t get back that time being a husband and father,” said Goodwin, who is coaching his son’s baseball team this spring.
Goodwin compiled a 38-36 overall record at Brewer, a tenure highlighted by the Witches’ trip to the 2010 Eastern Maine Class A championship game during his first winter on the bench after moving over from Orono High School.
“He’s been one of the best,” said Utterback. “If I was to start a program and had my choice of anyone to get to coach basketball, Ben would be right at the top of my list. The kids really buy into what he wants them to do. They work hard for him because he really cares about them, and you can see that during practices. He not only cares about them as basketball players but with the other things that are going on in their lives.”
Goodwin coached the Orono boys junior varsity for one year before taking over as the Red Riots’ varsity coach during the 2003-’04 season.
He compiled a 54-58 record at Orono, including 54-54 in regular-season play.
The Red Riots competed in Class B during Goodwin’s first two seasons with the Red Riots and in Class C the following four years.
Orono reached the Eastern C preliminary round in 2006 and qualified for the regional quarterfinals each of the next three years, with the Red Riots compiling a 39-18 record over the 2007, 2008 and 2009 campaigns.
Brewer, which finished 8-10 last winter, expects to return a solid nucleus next winter led by guard Brendan Newcomb and current freshmen Logan Rogerson and Ben Pushard, both of whom saw extended varsity duty last winter.
“We think this is going to be a very attractive job for somebody,” said Utterback, who hopes to have a replacement hired in time to run the school’s summer basketball program.
CA’s Stiles to play at UMFK
Joe Stiles of Mars Hill and Central Aroostook High School has verbally committed to continue his basketball career this fall at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Stiles, who plans to study public safety administration, helped lead Central Aroostook to the Eastern Maine Class D championship last winter.
The senior guard upped his regular-season average of 12 points per contest to 18 points a game during this year’s Eastern Maine Class D tournament this season, earning a spot on the Bangor Daily News all-tournament Team. Stiles also was named to participate in the Aroostook County senior all-star game.
“Joe has a great motor, can shoot the ball at a high percentage from behind the arc and brings a championship mentality to UMFK having played at Central Aroostook,” said UMFK head coach Eric Werntgen.
As a sophomore, Stiles was a key member of the undefeated Class D state champion Central Aroostook basketball team.
Stiles will team up next season with former Central Aroostook teammate, Mike McClung, who also has committed to play at UMFK beginning this fall.