Former Player and Coach Helps Fund HSU Golf Team

Fifty years ago Jeff Goodin remembers the fun he had as a member of the Hardin-Simmons golf team. In fact, Goodin enjoyed his experience so much that he came back to coach the team two separate times.

Goodin began his distinguished Hardin-Simmons career as a player from the fall of 1956 to the spring of 1960. He helped lead the Cowboys to one second and three third-place finishes in the Division I Border Conference.

After leaving Hardin-Simmons he went on to a decorated military service career. He returned to HSU as a member of the ROTC and also served as the golf coach in 1975 and 1976.

After his military career, he then returned back to Hardin-Simmons to coach the golf team from 1989 to 2000 and he had a highly successful run as the Cowboys' coach. His women's teams participated in nine national championships and earned the NAIA National Championship in 1994.

His men's teams qualified for seven national championships. During his tenure at HSU, Goodin coached 34 All-Americans and 24 Academic All-Americans. He was named conference coach of the year six times, regional coach of the year four times and national coach of the year twice.

He and his wife Marilyn have been active members of the Hardin-Simmons community during and after Jeff's tenure at the school. Marilyn was often considered the "assistant coach" to the many players that Jeff mentored throughout his time at Hardin-Simmons.

The endowment was established several years ago by Jeff and Marilyn Goodin, then called the HSU Golf Endowment. Today, it has been renamed the Jeff and Marilyn Goodin Golf Endowment. Funding will go to help with expenses for the program.


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