Head Men's Basketball Coach Damon Goodwin
  • Coach Goodwin head shotDamon Goodwin

    Title: Head Coach
    Five-time OAC Coach of the Year: 1996, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
    NABC Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year: 2009
    Phone: (614) 236-6913
    Email: dgoodwin@capital.edu

    Damon Goodwin has patrolled the sidelines as head men's basketball coach at Capital University beginning with the 1994-1995 season and has established the Crusaders as one of the elite programs in not only the Ohio Athletic Conference but all of NCAA Division III. Goodwin also became the winningest coach in Capital men's basketball history by virtue of an 80-53 home win over Ohio Dominican on January 5, 2010.

    Last season, Goodwin led Capital to the OAC regular season and tournament titles. The Crusaders reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating Randolph-Macon in the first. Three Capital players were named All-OAC, including junior Spencer Niekamp, a first-team selection who also earned D3hoops.com all-region and NABC all-district accolades. Goodwin was picked OAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career.

    In 2011, Goodwin guided the Crusaders to an 18-9 record, including a 12-6 mark in OAC play and a sweep of league champion and NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Marietta. Capital, which was in contention for the conference title until the final weeks of the regular season, made its fifth straight appearance in the OAC Tournament semifinals.

    Goodwin's ability to mold and develop young talent was on full display during the 2009-10 season, as the Crusaders won 15 of their last 21 games to finish third in the OAC despite dressing only one senior. Capital would later advance to the OAC Semifinal while producing an All-Region selection for the third consecutive season. Coach Goodwin earned his fourth OAC Coach of the Year honor for his efforts, and was also named to the University of Dayton Athletic Hall-of-Fame that year.

    The Crusaders enjoyed their best season in program history in 2008-2009 as Goodwin guided Capital to a school-record 26 victories and a berth in the NCAA "Round of 16". CU made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and were nationally ranked throughout the entire regular season reaching a program-record mark of No. 5 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. CU had the best home record in the Great Lakes Region at 15-0 and was a host of the NCAA First and Second Rounds at the Capital Center in front of sold out crowds.

    The 2008-09 campaign also saw Goodwin mentor the OAC Player of the Year, two All-OAC First Team selections and the first-ever back-to-back consensus All-America pick in school history. For his efforts, Goodwin was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

    In 2007-2008, Goodwin led Capital to its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crusaders also won 24 games, had the OAC Player of the Year and first All-American for the school since 1988, and Goodwin claimed OAC Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season and third time in his career.

    Other highlights of his tenure on the bench in Columbus include making the NCAA Tournament and winning OAC Coach of the Year honors in just his second season at Capital in 1996-97. In 2001-2002, he led Capital to a then school-record 23 wins, while in 2002-03 he brought the school its first OAC regular season title in 19 seasons. He is only the second coach in school history to win over 200 games.

    Prior to becoming the Crusaders head coach, he served five seasons as an assistant coach at Wittenberg University. During his time there, the Tigers won five North Coast Athletic Conference titles, earned four NCAA Tournament bids and a final four appearance in 1994.

    As a player, the St. Marys, Ohio, native earned first team All-Ohio honors at St. Marys Memorial High School in 1982, before attending the University of Dayton. He helped lead the Flyers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984 and 1985 where the eventual national champion (Georgetown and Villanova) eliminated them each season. Upon leaving Dayton, Goodwin was taken in the seventh round (147 overall) of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He spent the summer out west before returning that fall to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Dayton.

    Goodwin's first head coaching job was a two-year stint at Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio, before joining the staff at Wittenberg.

    Goodwin resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with his wife, Danielle. The couple has three children - Grant (21), a junior at Wittenberg, Addison (19), a sophomore at Dayton, and Dane (12).

    Goodwin Year By Year


    Goodwin year by year
     Year Overall OAC
    1994-95 14-11 9-9
    1995-96 19-8* 13-5
    1996-97 9-16 6-12
    1997-98 12-15 8-10
    1998-99 15-10 10-8
    1999-00 7-18 3-13
    2000-01 16-10 11-7
    2001-02 23-5 14-4
    2002-03 22-6 15-3
    2003-04 17-9 11-7
    2004-05 16-9 12-6
    2005-06 12-13 9-9
    2006-07 19-9* 13-5
    2007-08 24-6* 16-2
    2008-09 26-5*# 15-3
    2009-10 16-11 10-8
    2010-11 18-9 12-6
    2011-12 19-10* 13-5
    Total 18 Years  304-180    210-120 

    2002-03 OAC Champions
    2006-07 OAC Champions
    2007-08 OAC Champions
    2011-12 OAC Champions
    2007 OAC Tournament Champions
    2012 OAC Tournament Champions
    * NCAA Tournament Appearance
    # NCAA Round of 16