The winter season closed with the Fairview boys basketball team in a state of fixed limbo.
At least its coaching search found some finality.
On the heels of its berth into the Class 5A Final Four and the subsequent cancellation of the state basketball tournaments in March, Fairview has penned familiar face Andre Goldberg as the program’s next head coach.
The 2002 graduate and all-conference basketball player for the Knights takes over following a glossy five-year stretch from Patrick Burke, who departed with a 79-45 record to start a family.
“Being at Fairview is a dream job for me,” Goldberg said. “Graduating in 2002 and just being around the program for a long time I’ve always wanted to be there and wanted to be a part of the program. It just happened to come about that I had that opportunity to do it now. But it’s always been a place I’ve loved, wanted to work, and wanted to be. My wife and I love Boulder, we love the community, and we’re excited to be back.”
Back yet again.
For Goldberg, this will be his second stint on the Fairview sidelines after he coached the girls program during the 2012-13 season — leading them to a 14-11 record and into the second round of the postseason. Rod Beauchamp stepped back into the role the following year.
After that, he spent the last six years as an assistant for the boys team at Springdale High School in Arkansas. During it, Goldberg said he kept tabs on his alma mater and spoke regularly with Burke, who recommended him for the job following his exit.
He said he watched film as the Knights won their third straight Front Range League title this past winter and pushed into the Final Four at the Denver Coliseum before the coronavirus led things to a close.
Following the season, he gained more insight on the team as Burke let him know he was stepping down with his first child on the way.
“Close friend and an amazing coach,” Burke said of Goldberg via text.
The Knights graduated key contributors from their Final Four squad in Jalen Page, the BoCoPreps.com player of the year, who will play at the University of Northern Colorado next year, as well as Mark O’Neill.
But going forward they’re still expected to bring back a talented roster, which includes its leading scorer from the winter in Greysen Carter, who was a first-team all-conference player.
“We’ve got a really strong group coming back,” Goldberg said. “Just talking to coach Burke and (athletic director) Allen (Howlett) and everybody, it’s a really positive, really good group of young men coming back. We’ll just try and build on the success they’ve had in the past and try to continue the things they’ve done well and try and do anything I can to continue that.”
Goldberg was the women’s head coach at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where he also previously served as a men’s assistant coach. He also worked with the Orlando Magic as a youth camp director.