Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman takes a plunge in the pool after the boys’ swim team’s 2016 state championship win at Bowdoin College. Goodman was announced Nov. 3 as the National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year in Maine. FILE PHOTO

Ellsworth’s Goodman named Maine NFHS Swim Coach of the Year

ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth head swim coach Jim Goodman was announced Tuesday as the National Federation of High School Association’s Maine Coach of the Year.

Goodman, Ellsworth’s head coach of 17 years, led both the boys’ and girls’ teams to strong seasons in 2019-20 despite their small roster sizes. The Eagles finished third in the boys’ and girls’ team events in the PVC championships and fourth in both team events in the state championships.

In his time as coach, Goodman’s swimmers have gone on to win a number of individual and team championships at Ellsworth High School. The highlight of his coaching career came in 2016 as the boys’ team claimed the state title for the first time in program history.

“I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and privilege these last 17 years coaching the fine student athletes of Ellsworth High School of both the boys’ and girls’ swim teams,” Goodman said in a statement to the Maine Principals’ Association. “I have always had the superb support of the EHS leadership and athletic directors during that time, plus that of the Down East Family YMCA, where the team swims.”

Other NFHS Coach of the Year recipients included Hampden Academy boys’ basketball coach Russ Bartlett, Central Aroostook boys’ basketball coach Dillon Kingsbury and Winslow field hockey coach Mary Beth Bourgoin.

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