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For the American baseball pitcher, see Fred Goldsmith, or for the Australian footballer and Brownlow Medallist, see Fred Goldsmith (Australian rules footballer).

Fred Goldsmith is the 18th and current head football coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University, an NCAA division II school in Hickory, N.C. Hired on November 28, 2006, Goldsmith arrives at Lenoir-Rhyne fresh off a successful four-year run at Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C., where he compiled a 47-14 record.

Goldsmith is perhaps best known for his coaching successes in the 1990s at two NCAA Division I programs that are not accustomed to success - Duke University and Rice University. His résumé includes the 1992 Sports Illustrated National NCAA Football Coach of the Year and the 1994 Bobby Dodd Award for National Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I football. At Duke, he breathed life into a program still in the doldrums of the post-Steve Spurrier era and was known as a capable defensive tactician. His team's offenses were often hampered by the lack of athletic personnel, and forced Goldsmith to compensate by running draws on third-and-long and throwing wide receiver screens 10-15 times a game.

His successful collegiate coaching career, however, saw an unceremonious end when he was relieved of his duties by Duke Athletics Director Joe Alleva just a year into Alleva's tenure, after only six wins in his last three seasons.

Preceded by
Wayne Hicks
Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Head Football Coach
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Barry Wilson
Duke Blue Devils Head Football Coach
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Carl Franks
Preceded by
Jerry Berndt
Rice Owls Head Football Coach
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Ken Hatfield

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