One of the longest tenured coaches in Tennessee has retired.
Dennis Goodwin who made Donelson Christian Academy into a powerhouse program has retired as head football coach after 25 years at the small Donelson private school and will continue with his role as the school’s Athletic Director.
He has coached at DCA the last 35 years, the first 10 years as an assistant before becoming the head coach.
“We are extremely grateful for his 35 years of service to the football program. In his tenure as an assistant or head coach, his teams have achieved an incredible amount of success on the field including three state championships and six state finals appearances. Most importantly, many of our alumni have articulated their thankfulness for the growth they experienced through their participation in the football program. A number of football alumni still maintain an ongoing relationship with the Academy as a result of their connection with Coach Goodwin,” DCA Headmaster Keith Singer said.
Goodwin led the Wildcats to four state title games in three different classifications (1988 in Class A, 1996 and 2004 in 1A and 2017 in Division II-A), the Wildcats won state titles in 1996 and 2004 and they are coming off a 9-4 season in which they finished runner up to Friendship Christian.
His overall record at DCA is 220-87 and he led the Wildcats to 25 consecutive appearances, the last year that DCA didn’t make the playoffs was in 1991.
“After much prayer and consideration I have decided to relinquish my duties as the head football coach at Donelson Christian Academy. However, I will continue as the Director of Athletics. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as a coach the last 35 years for the Wildcats and the last 25 years as the head coach. I have had the privilege to coach some of the finest young men anyone could ever imagine. These young men have taught me so much,” Goodwin said
“I want to thank Mr. Singer and Mr. Schierling for their tremendous support of me personally and of the football program. I have had the great fortune of being able to spend my entire coaching career at one school. I had tremendous role models and mentors in Coach Mike Brown, the late Coach Richard Hewitt, the late Coach George MacIntyre, the late Coach Garland Russell and Coach Ken Redmond. I have always been blessed with a tremendous and knowledgeable coaching staff and I am indebted to all of those outstanding men for the impact they have had on our program. A special thanks to the support staff, our training staff and the hundreds of volunteers that have been behind the scenes.
“I look forward to leading the search for our next head coach and have initially begun the process. As those who came before me, I will do everything possible to make this transition seamless and be a constant supporter and a resource for our next coach. Once a Wildcat always a Wildcat,” Goodwin continued.
The following 15 schools are looking for a new head coach: Cannon County, Chattanooga Central, Copper Basin, DCA, Gibbs, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, KIPP Academy, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Ooltewah, Scott, Sequatchie County and Westwood
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