Longview hires basketball, baseball coaches
June 28, 2017 at 10:17 p.m.
Longview filled two head coaching positions in one fell swoop on Wednesday.
Don Newton has been named as the boys head basketball coach while longtime East Texas coach Jim Goldman will take over the Lobo baseball program.
Both hires were approved by the Longview ISD Board of Trustees in a specially-called meeting on Wednesday, according to Longview athletic director John King.
"These are two important roles — basketball and baseball — and it was lengthy and thorough process in screening applicants.
"There was a bunch of interest in both positions and these two coaches stood out."
King said both coaching roles drew nearly 50 applicants among countless phone calls. Contract details were not immediately available on Wednesday.
"Both programs have missed the playoffs the last couple of seasons so there is work to be done," King said. "I think the great thing is that both are stepping into situations where the cupboard is not bare in terms of talent and the drive to be good.
"We've got a lot of support from the community, parents and administration in both programs. Everything is in line and now it's a matter of getting to work, getting those key wins and competing for a title."
Newton, who has 18 years experience as a head basketball coach, including the past seven at Corsicana. He inherited a Tiger team that went 0-27 prior to his arrival in 2010.
"He took over a program and led them to a district title for the first time in 30 years and a playoff win," King said. "With his overall body of work and the various places he's been a head coach, he's won everywhere he's been. We're excited about the hire and feel like he'll do an excellent job for the Lobos."
Corsicana won 22 games in 2013, the most for the Tigers since 1985 and, in 2015, the program claimed its first district title in 30 years and won its first playoff game since 1999.
Newton, who has an overall record of 324-207, has previous coaching stints in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana and, prior to Corsicana, at his alma mater, West Orange-Stark.
Longview's last playoff win in basketball came in 2014 and was the first since 2009. The Lobos last reached the third round in 1997 and finished 4-10 in District 11-6A play this past season in the return to the state's largest classification.
The last East Texas school competing in the state's top two classifications to reach the state basketball tournament is the 1992 state championship Longview team.
Newton replaces Billy Goffney, who resigned to become the head coach at Spring Westfield in May.
Goldman comes to Longview after spending the past two seasons at Pollok Central. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons at Carthage, a run that included a Class 3A state championship in 2009.
"He's a guy that's won a ton of games and is known in East Texas baseball," King said. "He's a first-class, dedicated individual and he's extremely excited about the opportunity and so are we."
Central finished this past season with a 16-11-1 record and reached the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs, giving Goldman 470 career wins.
Longview finished 11-16 overall and 5-9 in 11-6A this past season. The Lobos last reached the second round of the postseason in 2013, matching its deepest run in program history.
King said that a meet and greet with both coaches will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
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