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Longview fills boys basketball, baseball coaching positions

By Hayden Henry
June 28, 2017 at 11:26 a.m.
Updated June 28, 2017 at 11:26 a.m.


Longview filled two major head coaching positions in one fell swoop on Wednesday.

The Longview ISD board of trustees approved Don Newton as the boys head basketball coach and Jim Goldman as the head baseball coach during a specially-called meeting, according to Longview athletic director John King.

Both coaching positions were vacated at the end of this past school year.

Newton becomes the head basketball coach for the Lobos after holding the same position at Corsicana for seven seasons.

The hire replaces former Lobo head coach Billy Goffney, who resigned in late May to become the head coach at Spring Westfield.

Newton, who has 21 years of coaching experience including 18 as a head coach, arrived in Corsicana in 2010 after one season as the head coach at West Orange-Stark, where he led his alma mater for a 22-11 record and a trip to the then-Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

Prior West Orange-Stark, Newton, an Oklahoma Baptist University graduate and player, coached for nine seasons in North and South Carolina and spent one season coaching in Louisiana.

Newton inherited a Corsicana team that went 0-27 the prior season. After two sub-.500 seasons, Corsciana notched 22 wins in the 2012-13 season, the most for the Tigers since 1985.

In the 2014-15 season, Corsicana claimed its first district title in 30 years and Newton was named the 16-5A Coach of the Year. The Tigers finished the season with a 28-6 and picked up Corsciana’s first bi-district win since 1998-99.

This past season, Corsicana reached the postseason with a 13-18 record and fell to A&M Consolidated in the bi-district round.

Newton’s next rebuilding project is a Lobo team that is looking for its first trip to the postseason in three years. He comes with an overall record of 324-207.

Longview reached the postseason in the first four seasons under Goffney, who came to Longview in 2011.

The Lobo bi-district win in 2014 was the first since 2009. Longview’s last trip to the regional quarterfinal round came in 1997.

Longview finished 4-10 in District 11-6A action this past season in the return to the state’s largest classification.

GOLDMAN’S NEXT CHALLENGE

Goldman, who guided the Carthage Bulldogs to a Class 3A state championship in 2009, comes to Longview with 450-plus wins under his belt.

The longtime coach compiled a 175-58-1 record in seven seasons in Carthage. He resigned as the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2015 and spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Pollok Central.

Central finished this past season at 16-11-1 and reached the regional quarterfinal rounds, giving Goldman 470 career wins.

Longview returned to 6A action and went 11-16 overall and 5-9 in 11-6A action.

The Lobos last made the playoffs in 2013, reaching the area round, the program’s deepest run in the past 27 season.

Goldman replaces Wes Dorsett, who was promoted from an assistant position in July 2015 and resigned at the end of the school year.

This story will be updated.

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