Valley News – Longtime Rivendell girls soccer coach excited to join the huddle in basketball

Revealed: 12/17/2020 9:42:23 PM

Modified: 12/17/2020 9:42:12 PM

ORFORD — Closing winter, Tim Goodwin watched coaches tempo the sidelines of Rivendell Academy’s basketball courtroom docket from the stage, which sits above the courtroom docket. He beloved listening to what they educated their groups all via timeouts and likewise jotted down stats for Raptor coaches.

Now he’ll perhaps be contained in the huddle all via timeouts with avid avid gamers trying to find to him for course.

The varsity’s longtime women soccer coach, Goodwin says his earlier love was basketball. He takes over the Rivendell women hoop program for Dennis Fitzgerald, who went 10-30 in two seasons.

“It’s pleasing watching fully completely different coaches,” Goodwin acknowledged in a Wednesday morning cellphone interview. “At halftime, I can take into accounts what would I do if I used to be the Rivendell coach, what would I attempt to alter, after which see what they really do.”

For Rivendell athletic director and boys basketball coach Ross Convertino, the rent made an excessive amount of sense to not execute. Goodwin’s served because of the Rivendell Coronary heart Faculty women basketball coach the final word 5 years and has earlier expertise with the women functions at Plainfield Elementary and Lebanon Excessive.

Extra importantly to Convertino was Goodwin’s expertise with the avid avid gamers at Rivendell. Goodwin coached nearly your full roster after they’d been in coronary heart school, and his 9 years spent working the women soccer program affords him credibility on the hardwood.

Goodwin guided the women on the pitch to a 5-5-1 file this fall and an look contained in the VPA Division IV semifinals. The Raptors nearly gained the state title final fall, falling to Proctor contained in the championship sport, 6-Zero.

“I think about, for a lot of kids, soccer was an escape (this fall),” acknowledged Goodwin, who served because of the Twin State Lions Cup Vermont women coach in 2016. “I seen a complete lot of children strolling over to make use of with their heads down and leaving apply with their heads up, speaking to no less than one one different and joking with their teammates.”

He regular Rivers Edge Sports activities actions actions Membership in 2018 as a method for soccer avid avid gamers to play journey soccer contained in the spring and on no account make the journey correct all the way in which all the way down to Norwich’s Lighting Soccer Membership. The intention wasn’t to compete with Lightning for membership however present a fair-priced fully completely different for these positioned contained in the northern Connecticut River Valley.

Goodwin’s added a basketball wing of the membership since then, inserting Convertino accountable for journey groups and a youth clinic. The 2 furthermore hope to rearrange a summer time season basketball camp contained in the close to future.

Rivers Edge shouldn’t be Goodwin’s full-time job; he’s a accomplice at four Legs & a Tail Journal, which relies upon out of Lebanon and publishes magazines for animal lovers in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Earlier to taking on the women varsity soccer job with Rivendell, Goodwin assisted Hank Tenney’s groups at Hanover and Rivendell. He’ll alter to in his mentor’s footsteps as quickly as additional with basketball, too, as Tenney coached the Raptors women basketball crew from 2013-18.

“Educating is instructing,” Convertino acknowledged. “Tim has information of the sport, and notably at this diploma; throughout the event you probably can coach, you will coach. He’s regularly immersed himself inside the game. I think about it’s a easy transition for him due to, initially, he’s wonderful at instructing youthful girls, and he has a confirmed observe file of rising student-athletes correct proper right here at Rivendell.

“He’s an individual of utmost character and integrity. He’s a difficult employee; there’s not a single coach contained in the Bigger Valley who’s going to outwork him in no matter he’s doing. I’ll put my yearly wage on that.”

Goodwin doesn’t predict the change from soccer to basketball will perhaps be too highly effective. If one factor, managing all via opponents might be the change, he acknowledged. Versus soccer, the place plenty of the modifications are made in apply, he ought to income from timeouts and late-game conditions.

He inherits a program that went 6-14 final winter and misplaced contained in the opening spherical of the VPA D-IV match for the third consecutive yr. Nonetheless, the Raptors return major scorer Adele Tilden (7.eight parts per sport).

“It’s going to be a blast, however I’ve a complete lot of on-the-job discovering out to do,” Goodwin acknowledged.

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