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Fred Goldsmith (American football)

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

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

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