An Auburn graduate that started his career as an assistant at nearby Lanett High before moving to Marion County as a head coach, Goodwin led 21 of his last 22 teams to playoff berths, including a run of 19 straight. Coaching six years at Lineville, eight seasons at Demopolis and four years at Russellville before his last three seasons at Homewood, Goodwin has been a fixture in Alabama high school football in his career.
Now he gets the opportunity to join Malzahn's already successful program at Auburn. From a student to a high school coach, Goodwin said he has always kept an eye on what was going on with the Tigers and now he gets the chance to join the program for a man he has a lot of respect for, both as a coach and as a man.
"I'm really excited," Goodwin said. "Coach Malzahn is a Christian coach. He's got a value system much like mine. He feels like I would be a good fit. I fell in love with Auburn when I walked on campus as a freshman and I have loved it ever since. I'm looking forward to serving him and Auburn University."
Goodwin had the opportunity to get some insight into the Auburn program during the Tommy Tuberville era when son Dusty walked on as a quarterback for the Tigers before finishing his career at North Alabama.
Taking on a role where he will deal with high school coaches on a daily basis and have a big input on summer camps and coaching clinics, Goodwin said he's really looking forward to seeing what the future holds in his position.
"I think it's going to be great," Goodwin said. "I have a lot of friends that coach high school in Alabama and most of my good friends are coaches in Alabama. It's an opportunity to serve them as well as coaches in neighboring states that are involved with their players and with Auburn football."
Taking over the role for the departed Al Pogue, who moved on the field as a position coach at Troy, Goodwin said you can't help but see the moves that off-the-field coaches have made from Auburn's staff in the past few months. While that's something he won't close the door to, he said his lone focus is on doing his job to the best of his ability.
"If something like that were to happen later on down the road that would be fine, but really I just want to help Coach Malzahn with the high school coaches and do whatever job he wants me to do," Goodwin said. "I'm just going to try to do the best I can with whatever he needs."
Joining a program that made one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history, winning 12 games and the SEC Championship coming off a three-win season the year before, Goodwin said he can't wait to get to work to do his part in keeping the momentum going.
"The job they did last year was amazing," Goodwin said. "I know most all of them personally. Number one, they are great men. They have their priorities in order. When you have your priorities in order and work hard and do things the right way then good things happen to you. They are a prime example of that."
Goodwin becomes the third off-the-field coach added since last season, joining Bobby Bentley from Byrnes (S.C.) and former Tiger Travis Williams.