Fred Goldsmith (American football)

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Fred Goldsmith
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1944-03-03) March 3, 1944 (age 70)
Playing career
Western Carolina
Florida
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1978
1979–1983
1984–1988
1989–1993
1994–1998
2001–2005
2007–2010
Florida A&M (DC/RC)
Air Force (AHC/DC)
Arkansas (AHC/DC)
Rice
Duke
Franklin HS (NC)
Lenoir–Rhyne
Head coaching record
Overall 57–97–1 (college)
47–15 (high school)
Bowls 0–1
Statistics
Accomplishments and honors
Awards

Fred Goldsmith (born March 3, 1944) is a former American college football coach. His final 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]

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 Coach Goldsmith. (See Mercer v. Duke University, 190 F.3d 643 (4th Cir. 1999).

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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: 57–97–1

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