Dan Goldman, a former varsity boys’ basketball coach at Elk Grove High School, died Friday after a lengthy illness.

He was 47.

The official cause of death was unknown.

His predecessor at Elk Grove, Todd Reiswig, was deeply saddened upon hearing of Goldman’s passing.

“Dan was the type of person, that once you met him, you instantly liked him,” Reiswig said. “People from all walks of life truly cared for Dan.  We coached together for many years, but developed a deep and lasting friendship. I will miss him greatly.”

Goldman was the head junior varsity coach at Elk Grove from 1993-1999. He became the varsity coach in 2000 after Reiswig resigned the position. Goldman spent six seasons at the helm of the Thundering Herd basketball program.

He also was a regular volunteer at the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoff games and taught at Elitha Donner Elementary School.

His stepdaughter, Brittany Chatreau, posted on Facebook Friday: “Tonight our hearts weigh very heavy as we mourn the loss of a great man! From his influential touch to his students and the young athletes he coached to his gentle and kind heart he raised us children with, he will be missed greatly! My heart is broken that I have lost this huge male figure in my life- the rock of our family- my step dad- my defender- the man I thought was unbeatable! He is in a better place and finally at peace.”

Henderson fine after taking line drive to face

Jolene Henderson, the former All-American pitcher at Cal and before that a high school All-American at Sheldon High School, was hit by a line drive in the face during a National Pro Fastpitch game. Though the ball made a visible gash on her forehead, she never went down, standing around stunned. Her Dallas Charge teammates stood around her in a state of shock.

Henderson was sent immediately to a local hospital.

“No brain swelling, no broken bones, and her eye sight is 20/20,” her father Joe posted on Facebook later that night. “Jolene is in great spirits. God answers prayers. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.”

The Charge season ended with an 8-7 loss to the regular season champions, the USSSA Pride.

Henderson was 3-10 with a 2.10 ERA in her first professional season with NPF. She appeared in 16 games for Dallas, including 13 starts.

Her sister Danielle, a third baseman, appeared in 31 games, starting 22 of them, and batted just .082.

Both players are expected to return to the Charge next season.

Hernandez named pitching coach at CRC

Former Elk Grove High School and Cosumnes River College pitcher Raymond Hernandez was named the new pitching coach at CRC.

Hernandez, the younger brother of Arizona Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez, was the freshman coach at Elk Grove High School this past spring.

After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, Hernandez was a late-round draft choice of the Diamondbacks. His professional career was shortened due to a shoulder injury.

Hernandez will be replacing Brad Kilby on the CRC staff. Kilby said he plans to take at least year off from coaching and is considering becoming a teacher.

He was CRC’s pitching coach for the past three seasons.

Kilby is also engaged and will marry next year, but admits he’ll miss coaching.

“(CRC) will be really good next year, really strong and will likely go deep in the playoffs,” he said.

Kilby spent seven seasons playing in the Oakland A’s organization, four of those with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. In 2012, he coached alongside his brother Bryan at Franklin High School and was part of the school’s first Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North title.

Davis belts HR in six straight games

Former Elk Grove High School slugger J.D. Davis hit a home run in six consecutive minor league games.

Playing for the Advanced-A Lancaster Jethawks of the California League, Davis leads the league with 88 RBIs. His 22 homers are tied for third.

Detrick grabs silver at Waterski Nationals

Elk Grove’s Brian Detrick grabbed a silver medal in the Open Men’s slalom at the U.S. Waterskiing Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“Top seed and current world record holder and world champion Nate Smith beat me by ½ a buoy,” Detrick texted Saturday. “I ran 1 1/2 @ 41 off and he ran 2.”

Detrick remains ranked in the top ten worldwide in his sport.