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Center ISD Trustees to consider separation agreement with AD Kevin Goodwin at Friday meeting

It appears the Kevin Goodwin era as Center ISD athletic director and head football coach will come to an end after six seasons.


A proposed separation agreement between the district and Goodwin will be on the agenda of a special board meeting to be held at 12 noon Friday.


Goodwin told Center Broadcasting yesterday he can’t express enough appreciation to Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry, the Center ISD administration and school board for their support they’ve given him and the athletic program during his time in Center, but said he had to do what was best for his family, especially finding an area where his wife could best utilize her degree of study.


The Center native said he had met with Dr. Hockenberry before the end of the season to discuss his situation.


In the half-dozen years, Goodwin compiled a football record of 31-34, and guided the Riders to post-season five times. His record this past season was 2-7, 0-5 in a tough new district, missing postseason.


He said his goal at the start of the job in 2009 was to leave a program one day better than how he found it. He noted there were four sports that were the playoffs that first year, and he’s happy to say 12 sports made the playoffs last year. Goodwin said the success is attributed to the coaching staff and the way they have guided and led a talented group of kids.


It’s not known till after Friday’s meeting if Goodwin will leave at mid-term or stay through the end of the school year. He would not comment.


I reached out to Dr. Hockenberry to see if he had anything to say, however, he was unavailable for comment. At this time, it’s not known how long Goodwin left on his current contract.


Friday’s agenda says the Center ISD will have discussion of terms of a proposed separation agreement with the board’s attorney and athletic director. At which time afterwards, the board will reconvene, and if so desire in open session to consider terms of a proposed separation agreement between the district and the AD.


Goodwin’s departure will be the second by a Shelby County athletic director this year, as Wayne Gandy of Joaquin ISD will be leaving the district at the holiday break.

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