Auburn football: Former Homewood (Ala.) coach Doug Goodwin hired as director of high school relations

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 5, 2014 

Former Homewood High School (Ala.) coach Doug Goodwin

COURTESY — Homewood City Schools

AUBURN, Ala. — Longtime Alabama high school coach Doug Goodwin is now a member of Auburn's support staff.

Goodwin, who has spent all 27 years of his head coaching career in the state of Alabama, was hired as the Tigers' director of high school relations, replacing Al Pogue who left to become Troy's cornerbacks coach. The hire was first reported by AuburnSports.com, which is part of the Rivals network.

The past eight days have been a whirlwind for Goodwin. Last Tuesday, he was asked to resign from his coaching position at Homewood by the school's principal, Zach Barnes.

"I was told that I was a very good football coach, that I was no doubt one of the best coaches in the state and with that being said I wasn't a good fit for Homewood," Goodwin told AL.com last Tuesday evening.

In three seasons at Homewood, he went 23-10, winning the Region 4 title in Class 5A the past two seasons.

It mirrored the success he's had everywhere he's been.

The head coach at five different schools (Marion County, Lineville, Demopolis, Russellville and Homewood) in the past 27 years, Goodwin compiled a 234-91 overall record and coached his teams to the playoffs 21 times in the past 22 seasons, according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society. During his time at Lineville, he appeared in state championships in both 1996 and 1998. He did one better at Demopolis, winning the state title in 2004. He went to another state championship game with Russellville in 2008. In doing so, he became the first coach in state history to lead three different schools to the title contest.

Goodwin, who graduated from Auburn in 1984, is the fourth coach to join Auburn's support staff this offseason.

Last week, the Tigers added legendary Byrnes (S.C.) High School coach Bobby Bentley as an offensive analyst working with the quarterbacks. The Tigers also brought back two former players last week: former linebacker and grad assistant Travis Williams was hired as a defensive analyst while former offensive lineman Jorrell Bostrum became the assistant director of player development.

After the departures of five members of its support staff in the month following the BCS championship game, Auburn still has one more spot to fill.

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