Mar 31, 2016 3:36 PM

Goffstown High parents upset with resignation of basketball coach, say she was forced out

GOFFSTOWN - The abrupt resignation of a high school basketball coach and assistant coach has raised concerns among the parents of some of the players.

Goffstown High girls basketball coach Deanna Goodwin, who also teaches at the school, had led the girls team to a Division II state championship earlier this month, according to the Union Leader. Both she and assistant varsity basketball coach Katherine Goodwin, her sister, submit their resignations at the same time.

In a meeting organized by the superintendent this week, parents raised concerns about high school Principal Frank McBride, saying that both Goodwin and a former soccer coach in 2013 were forced out.

Heather Britton-Doucette, whose daughter is on the basketball team, said said she met with Goodwin after her resignation and Goodwin told her she felt “harassed and uncomfortable” within her working environment.

McBride, a former basketball coach at Goffstown himself, said he and Goodwin had a disagreement in the middle of the season about her in-game coaching. Superintendent Brian Balke said he tried unsuccessfully to set up a meeting with Goodwin after she submit her resignation to try to resolve any problems.

Parents suggested involving an unbiased third party. Balke said he'd look into that and let parents know within the next two weeks.

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