The BDN is beginning a weekly basketball column by former longtime basketball coach Bob Cimbollek.

Cimbollek will be commenting on an assortment of topics, which will be assigned by BDN sports editor Joe McLaughlin.

In more than 40 years as a high school basketball coach at Fort Fairfield, Orono, Bangor and John Bapst of Bangor, Cimbollek compiled a record of 441-161 (.733) with 12 appearances in the Eastern Maine finals, six in the state finals, and five state titles. He has also been been a high school and college basketball official for 42 years.

Cimbollek played on Bangor’s 1955 Class L state-title team that finished third in the New England tourney. He also played at Husson College in Bangor where he was a 1,000-point career scorer. He later served as a basketball analyst for WABI radio and TV for 10 years.

Cimbollek is the author of two basketball books, including “Basketball’s Percentage Offense.”