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A longtime assistant under former Central York boys' volleyball coach Brad Livingston has been selected to lead the Panthers' highly successful program.

Todd Goodling was approved as Livingston's successor at Monday night's school board meeting.

Goodling has been part of the Panthers' boys' volleyball program since 1984, working alongside Livingston. During that time, Central York has won three PIAA Class AAA state titles and been a state runner-up five times. Most recently, the Panthers won a state title in 2014. They've also won 10 of their 22 District 3-AAA championships since 1984.

Goodling insists that he isn't taking over from Livingston, but continuing what Livingston helped build. Goodling expects this year's team to again compete for a state crown after being dethroned as state champions last year following a quarterfinal loss against Seneca Valley.

"There will be no 'take-over' of the CYBVB program in 2016, just a continuation," Goodling said in a statement to The York Dispatch. "...It has been an amazing coaching experience, full of wonderful friendships and a legacy that I and the 2016 staff are both proud and obligated to continue. The program will remain relevant."

Livingston, was removed by Central York back in December after long and successful tenures as the head coach of both the football and boys' volleyball programs. He had been the football head coach for 34 years, compiling a 211-153-4 record. He had been the boys' volleyball head coach since 2002, but had been involved with the program since the 1970s.

The controversial decision to remove Livingston angered many of his supporters within the Central York athletic community. They expressed their feelings at some heated school board meetings before Livingston was officially let go. The school board declined to give the reasons that Livingston was not rehired, saying it was a personnel decision that could not be discussed publicly.

Goodling, however, says that the program has never been about the coaches, but rather the quality of athletes that step onto the court every night.

"The CYBVB program has never been a 'coach-centric' program revolving around the personalities and egos of the people sitting at the head of the bench," Goodling said in his statement. "The program has been about working hard in the practice gym, being as prepared as possible and then allowing the athletes to step on the court and play the game."

Goodling declined comment beyond his statement.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispat

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