Fred Goldsmith (American football)

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Fred Goldsmith
Biographical details
Born (1944-03-03) March 3, 1944 (age 75)
Playing career
1963–1964Western Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1978Florida A&M (DC/RC)
1979–1980Air Force (AHC/DC)
1981Slippery Rock
1982–1983Air Force (AHC/DC)
1984–1988Arkansas (AHC/DC)
2001–2005Franklin HS (NC)
Head coaching record
Overall59–104–1 (college)
47–15 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1994)
ACC Coach of the Year (1994)

Fred Goldsmith (born March 3, 1944) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1981), Rice University (1989–1993), Duke University (1994–1998), and Lenoir–Rhyne University (2007–2010), compiling a career record of 59–104–1.

Coaching career[edit]

Goldsmith is perhaps best known for his coaching successes in the 1990s at two NCAA Division I programs that are not accustomed to success: Duke University and Rice University. His résumé includes the 1992 Sports Illustrated National NCAA Football Coach of the Year and the 1994 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. At Duke, he breathed life into a program still in the doldrums of the post-Steve Spurrier era and was known as a capable defensive tactician. His team's offenses were often hampered by the lack of athletic personnel and forced Goldsmith to compensate by running draws on third-and-long and throwing wide receiver screens 10 to 15 times a game.

His successful collegiate coaching career, however, saw an unceremonious end when he was relieved of his duties by Duke Athletics Director Joe Alleva just a year into Alleva's tenure, after only six wins in his last three seasons.

In addition, under Goldsmith's tenure, Duke's football program was ordered to pay walk-on kicker, Heather Sue Mercer, $2,000,001 in nominal and punitive damages for its discriminatory treatment of her during her time on the team. A federal jury found that Mercer was afforded less of an opportunity to practice and compete than other 'similarly situated' players (other walk-on kickers). Her allegations also included sexist statements made to her by Goldsmith. (See Mercer v. Duke University, 190 F.3d 643 (4th Cir. 1999).

Goldsmith's final coaching job was as the 18th head football coach for Lenoir–Rhyne University, an NCAA Division II school in Hickory, North Carolina. Hired on November 28, 2006, Goldsmith arrived at Lenoir-Rhyne fresh off a successful four-year run at Franklin High School in Franklin, North Carolina, where he compiled an overall win-loss record of 47–15. Goldsmith retired on May 3, 2011.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Slippery Rock (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1981)
1981 Slippery Rock 2–7 2–4 T–5th (West)
Slippery Rock: 2–7 2–4
Rice Owls (Southwest Conference) (1989–1983)
1989 Rice 2–8–1 2–6 T–7th
1990 Rice 5–6 3–5 T–5th
1991 Rice 4–7 2–6 8th
1992 Rice 6–5 4–3 T–2nd
1993 Rice 6–5 3–4 T–4th
Rice: 23–31–1 14–24
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1994–1998)
1994 Duke 8–4 5–3 T–3rd L Hall of Fame
1995 Duke 3–8 1–7 8th
1996 Duke 0–11 0–8 9th
1997 Duke 2–9 0–8 9th
1998 Duke 4–7 2–6 6th
Duke: 17–39 8–32
Lenoir–Rhyne Bears (South Atlantic Conference) (2007–2010)
2007 Lenoir–Rhyne 2–9 0–6 7th
2008 Lenoir–Rhyne 3–8 1–6 7th
2009 Lenoir–Rhyne 5–6 2–5 T–6th
2010 Lenoir–Rhyne 7–4 4–3 3rd
Lenoir–Rhyne: 17–27 7–20
Total: 59–104–1

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Goldsmith who became college head coaches: