Legendary coach Sam Goodwin retires


By Damarte Fisher



Football legend Sam

Goodwin had a great run as a

head and assistant coach.

Goodwin retired this month

when he left Lakeview High

School where he was an assistant

coach for two years.

Goodwin, a Pineville native,

played his college ball at

Henderson State in

Arkadelphia, Ark. After four

years there, he earned his first

coaching job as a head track

and football coach at Forest

Heights Jr. High in Little

Rock, Ark. He then went to

Parkview High School where

he won five state titles.


moved to the collegiate

level by

joining the

S o u t h e r n

Arkansas staff.

While there, he

got a call from the

University of

Arkansas for a

coaching position

that he would


He was inducted into the

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

in 2007.

After spending two years at

University of Arkansas, he

went to Northwestern State

University. Goodwin won four

conference championships

and was number

two in the nation

at NSU.

He then went

back to his alma

mater, Henderson

State, as athletic


He finished his

legendary career

at Lakeview High


Goodwin coached

over 30 years and doesn’t seem

like he’s ready to let go. “It

has been a long and exciting

road. I have met so many great

people along the way and I

will forever have those memories,”

Goodwin said.