A veteran mentor who exudes confidence and homespun humor, Goodner has earned the respect of his players with his positive personality, sense of purpose and trademark eight-man-front defense.
Goodner coached for 11 seasons (1982-92) at Baylor under legendary coach Grant Teaff, the final year as defensive coordinator. Guiding the inside linebackers also was Goodner's forte at Baylor where he developed All-American James Francis and All-Southwest Conference performers Kevin Hancock, Ray Berry, Gary Joe Kinne, Curtis Hafford and Le'Shai Maston.
Baylor notched eight winning seasons and played in five bowl games during Goodner's first term of service in Waco. Goodner went to Texas Tech following Teaff's retirement at the end of the 1992 season.
Goodner has had tremendous success with the eight-man front. He coached inside linebackers at Texas Tech from 1993-99 under Coach Spike Dykes and was defensive coordinator for his final five seasons. In 1998, Goodner's unit ranked eighth in the nation in total defense, yielding only 285 yards per game. In 1995, his first season as Tech's coordinator, the Red Raiders ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense, 19th in turnover margin and 24th nationally in scoring defense.
With Goodner as coordinator, Texas Tech had three first-team All-Americans, including linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive back Marcus Coleman and defensive end Montae Reagor. Coleman and Thomas were first-team All America in 1995, the first time in school history that two Red Raiders earned that honor in the same season. Thomas, Coleman and Reagor all play in the National Football League.
Texas Tech never had a losing season with Goodner on board and the Red Raiders played in five bowl games during his seven seasons. The Red Raiders also led the nation in total takeaways over a five-year period from 1993-97.
A native of Frederick, Okla., Goodner played his college football at Southwestern Oklahoma State.
He spent 14 years as a high school coach, including head coaching stops at Noble (Okla.) HS, Denison (Texas) HS and Waxahachie (Texas) HS before entering the collegiate ranks at Baylor.
Goodner and his wife, Karen, have one daughter, Katherine, and two grandchildren - Kaila and Klemson.
THE GOODNER FILE
Born: Feb. 26, 1944
Birthplace: Fredrick, Okla.
Children: Daughter Katherine; Granddaughters Kaila and Klemson
1967: Roswell (N.M.) HS, assistant
1968: Athens (Texas) HS, assistant
1969: Noble (Okla.) HS, head coach
1970-72: Denison (Texas) HS, assistant coach
1973-75: Denison (Texas) HS, head coach
1976-81: Waxahachie (Texas) HS, head coach
1982-91: Baylor, linebackers
1992: Baylor, defensive coordinator & linebackers
1993-94: Texas Tech, inside linebackers
1995-99: Texas Tech, defensive coordinator & inside linebackers
2001: Kentucky, defensive coordinator & inside linebackers
2002: Kentucky, def. coord., inside LBs & recruiting coord.
2003: Baylor, def. coord., inside LBs & recruiting coord.
1959-61: Frederick HS (Frederick, Okla.)
1964-66: Southwestern Oklahoma State
1983 Bluebonnet Bowl (coach)
1985 Liberty Bowl (coach)
1986 Bluebonnet Bowl (coach)
1991 Copper Bowl (coach)
1992 Sun Bowl (coach)
1993 Sun Bowl (coach)
1995 Cotton Bowl (coach)
1995 Copper Bowl (coach)
1996 Alamo Bowl (coach)
1998 Independence Bowl (coach)
High School: Frederick HS (Frederick, Okla.)
College: Southwestern Oklahoma State (1967), education (B.S.)
Southwestern Oklahoma State (1972), education (M.S.)