John Goodner

John David Goodner (February 26, 1944[1] – December 5,[2] 2005[3]) was an American football coach.

John Goodner
Biographical details
Born(1944-02-26)February 26, 1944
Frederick, Oklahoma
DiedDecember 5, 2005(2005-12-05) (aged 61)
Waco, Texas
Playing career
1963–1966Southwestern Oklahoma State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967Roswell High School (New Mexico) (assistant)
1968Athens High School (Texas) (assistant)
1969Noble High School (Oklahoma)
1970–1975Denison High School (Texas)
1976–1981Waxahachie High School (Texas)
1982–1991Baylor (LB)
1992Baylor (DC/LB)
1993–1994Texas Tech (LB)
1995–1999Texas Tech (DC/LB)
2001–2002Kentucky (DC/LB)
2003Baylor (DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Overall35–26–1 (High School)

John Goodner hailed from Frederick, Oklahoma. He played football at his alma mater, nearby Southwestern Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1967.[1] Goodner coached high school football in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico for fifteen years before moving to the college ranks.

Goodner was the linebackers coach at Baylor University from 1982 through 1991, becoming Baylor's defensive coordinator in 1992.

In 1993 Goodner left Baylor for Texas Tech University where he served as linebackers coach through 1994, becoming defensive coordinator there in 1995 under head coach Spike Dykes. Goodner was Texas Tech's defensive coordinator through the 1999 season, becoming the university's highest-paid assistant coach before his departure.[4]

In 2000 Goodner was hired as defensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky by head coach Hal Mumme. He was retained by the new head coach Guy Morriss for the 2001–2002 seasons, and joined Morriss as defensive coordinator at Baylor in 2003.

Goodner coached his teams to ten bowl games during his two decades of college coaching. He developed future NFL players Zach Thomas, Marcus Coleman, Montae Reagor,[1] Santana Dotson and Daryl Gardener.[5] Goodner was noted for his unusual hybrid 4–2–5/4–4–3 defensive scheme.[6]

Goodner and his wife Karen had one daughter, Katherine.[1] Goodner was diagnosed with the brain cancer blioglastoma in December 2004,[7] and died in 2005. He was named to the Southwestern Oklahoma State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: John Goodner :: Football". Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  2. ^ "FORMER UK ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH DIES". The Kentucky Post. Covington, KY. 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2009-02-10.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Friends of Baylor: December 21, 2005". 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  4. ^ Williams, Don (1999-12-17). "Digital Sports - Tech upping ante for new assistants 12/17/99". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ Bailey, Steve (2002-09-21). "DogBytes - GameDayDefense attracting attention in Kentucky 09/21/02". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  6. ^ Johnson, James. "2003 College Preview". Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  7. ^ Hill, Jerry (2005-10-05). "Baylor University Office of the President". Archived from the original on 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  8. ^ "SWOSU Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2009-02-10.

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