Award winning teacher and coach will be Gorham’s 4th of July Grand Marshall

GORHAM — This year’s 4th of July Celebration's Grand Marshal is Bill Goodrich, a Randolph/Gorham native and a 1976 graduate of Gorham High School. Goodrich and his wife Donna still reside in Gorham where their three children, Kelley, Riley and Sean, were raised.

While in school, Goodrich participated in multiple sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball. Graduating from Plymouth State College in 1981, he returned to Gorham and started at the Ed Fenn School. He has been a physical education teacher in the Gorham School District since 1982. He has also held the position of Gorham Middle High School Athletic Director. Goodrich’s first coaching job started 36 years ago as Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. He has gone on to coach Boys Varsity and JV Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball and Middle School Baseball. Goodrich has lead the teams to many finals and a State Championship in 1999. His most memorable moment is winning the 1999 State Championship after scoreless regulation, and two overtimes with no penalty kicks or shootout in place needed only to return two days later and play the entire game over with a 2-0 win. His achievements include: Coach of the Year in 1989, 1990, 1999; N.H. Twin State Soccer Coach in 1990, 2000, and 2009; N.H. Soccer Officials James "Skip" Regan Memorial Sportsmanship Award in 1990, 1999, 2000 and 2001; and Twin State Soccer Cup Coach in 1990, 2000, and 2009. He was named the Gorham N.H. Recreation Volunteer of the Year Recipient in 2004 for coaching Tee Ball, Soccer, Baseball and Basketball. In 2007 he was Inducted to the N.H. Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Most recently he received the Union Leader Walter A. Smith Coaches Award in 2019.

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