Greg Goodwin stepped down as head basketball coach at Absegami High School in 2010.

But he never left the local basketball scene and now he's a head coach again.

Goodwin, 52, took over the Cumberland County Community College men's basketball team this week. Goodwin served as an assistant for the Dukes under coach Arthur Horn this past season. Cumberland finished 2-22.

Goodwin had resigned from coaching at Absegami in part to watch his three children play sports. But his oldest child, Austin, a lacrosse and diving standout at Absegami, graduates this month.

"I kind of got the passion back to coach. I think I was driving my family nuts," Goodwin said with a laugh. "I thought I was done, but I wasn't, I guess."

Goodwin teaches social studies at Absegami and lives in Galloway Township. He was a standout player at Millville High School during the late 1970s.

Goodwin began his coaching career with the boys team at the now-defunct St. James School in Carneys Point. Goodwin also coached the Millville and Absegami boys basketball teams.

But he had his greatest success with the Absegami girls. He stepped down after the 2008 with a 277-54 record in 12 seasons. Goodwin led the Braves to two state titles, five South Jersey championships and five Cape-Atlantic League titles.

After ending his coaching career at Absegami, Goodwin was an assistant for the Richard Stockton College women's team in 2011-12 before becoming an assistant at Cumberland County last season.

Cumberland, a Division III junior college, plays in the Garden State Athletic Conference, a tough league. GSAC member Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County won the national championship this past season.

Goodwin acknowledged he faces a rebuilding project but said the school is committed to winning.

"They want to get better," Goodwin said. "If I was going into a situation where the school said, 'Do whatever you can,' I wouldn't want to do that. They want to win. That gives you the fire to get back into it."

Goodwin said he wants to recruit from CAL and Tri-County Conference high schools.

"For a lot of kids now, the county college has an advantage," he said. "Number one, economically it's cheap, and a lot of kids aren't ready or need that year of seasoning. To get players that you want to put into your system is going to be fun."

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