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New job for New Haven basketball coach

Gooden

Multiple sources and media reports indicated New Haven boys basketball coach Al Gooden will take the same position at Lawrence Central in Indianapolis.

An official announcement could come in the next couple of days.

Gooden didn’t return a phone message, and New Haven athletic director Dave Myers would not comment.

Gooden’s son and daughter live in Indianapolis. He would replace J.R. Shelt, who was 72-78 in seven years at Lawrence Central.

Gooden, a Wayne graduate, is 54-14 in three years at New Haven after going 338-214 in 23 years at Harding and Heritage. His overall record of 392-228 ranks him No. 18 among the state’s active boys basketball coaches.

Gooden coached Harding, which closed in 2011, to a Class 2A state championship in 2001. He also had state runner-up finishes in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

He turned the Bulldogs’ program around. With current Notre Dame player V.J. Beachem and current Dayton player Steve McElvene, Gooden coached New Haven to 17, 18 and 19 wins and a Class 4A regional runner-up in 2013. The program had 10, 12 and 11 wins in the three years before Gooden’s arrival.

gjones@jg.net

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