NCCU's Goodwin again making transition to new coach
When Henry Frazier III was a finalist to become the athletic director at Prairie View A&M during the summer, N.C. Central redshirt senior offensive lineman Charles Goodwin started having flashbacks.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Not again,’” Goodwin said. “I’ve been through three — three head coaches.”
Make that four NCCU head coaches for Goodwin after Frazier was fired last week because of off-the-field issues.
NCCU athletic director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said Frazier’s personal life regarding flare-ups with his ex-wife made it necessary for the school to cut ties with him.
Frazier wasn’t selected for the job at Prairie View, where he coached from 2004-10. The school had an 80-games losing streak from 1989-98, but Frazier had consecutive winning records from 2007-10, including back-to-back 9-1 seasons in 2008-09.
Frazier had NCCU on the rise, as well. A year ago, the Eagles earned their first winning season since 2007, going 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Shortly before NCCU’s players reported to training camp, Goodwin said he was relieved to learn that Frazier would return because it meant the Eagles wouldn’t have to bother with getting to know the idiosyncrasies of a new leader.
“Every coach has their own way of doing things,” Goodwin said in July. “It’s great, because now I don’t have to start over.”
For the most part, that still holds true for Goodwin since NCCU’s interim head coach is his position coach, Dwayne Foster.
NCCU hired Frazier in December 2010, and Foster joined him for the 2011 season.
Foster, who helped Delaware State to two MEAC titles in the early 1990s, coached under Frazier at both Bowie State and Prairie View.
Goodwin played college football under former NCCU coach Mose Rison and former Eagles interim coach Darryl Bullock. Goodwin began his college career at Winston-Salem State with Coach Kermit Blount, currently the head coach at Delaware State.
In July, NCCU senior linebacker Tazmon Foster recalled how Frazier gave him a shot to play football on a higher level. Foster transferred to NCCU from N.C. Wesleyan, a Division III school in Rocky Mount.
“Coach Frazier has done so much for me,” Foster said. “Coming from D-III, a lot of D-I coaches don’t take chances on D-III players. Coach Frazier saw something in me. That’s all I needed was a coach to take a chance on me.”