Bob Goin

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Bob Goin
Biographical details
Born(1936-10-03)October 3, 1936
Gary Indiana
DiedOctober 12, 2019(2019-10-12) (aged 83)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Playing career
c. 1958 Bethany (WV)
c. 1958 Bethany (WV)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1962 Bethany (WV) (assistant)
1963–1972 Bethany (WV)
? Bethany (WV)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1970–1976 Bethany (WV)
1976–1979 West Virginia (assistant AD)
1979–1981 California (PA)
1981–1989 Florida State (associate AD)
1990–1994 Florida State
1997–2005 Cincinnati
Head coaching record
Overall45–32–2 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
2 PAC (1965–1966)

Robert Goin (October 3, 1936 – October 12, 2019) was an American football and baseball coach and college athletic administrator. He served as the head football coach at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia from 1963 to 1972, compiling a record of 45–32–2. He was also the school's head baseball coach and athletic director. Goin served as the athletic director at California University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1981, Florida State University from 1990 to 1994, and the University of Cincinnati from 1997 to 2005


Early life and playing career

Goin was a 1959 graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Coaching career

Goin returned to Bethany in 1960 as an assistant football coach.

Administrative career

Goin servined as athletic director and chair of the physical education department at Bethany from 1970 to 1976, and as a tenured professor. From 1976 to 1979, Goin served as assistant athletics director at West Virginia University, and spent two years, from 1979 to 1981, as athletic director at California University of Pennsylvania. [1]

Goin served five years, from 1990 to 1994, as the athletic director at Florida State, guiding the Seminoles into membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He resigned after an ethics investigation resulting from hiring a contractor to replace his home's roof who was also doing a multimillion-dollar construction project for the university.

During his tenure at Cincinnati, which began in 1995, the school joined the Big East Conference and developed the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village, a comprehensive $80.3 million athletic facilities enhancement. Cincinnati's sports teams posted a combined winning percentage of nearly .600 in the past eight years, claiming 29 conference titles, making 49 postseason appearances and producing 39 All-Americans under his leadership. Nationally, the most notable event during his Cincinnati tenure was the firing of basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Goin served on the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet and the NCAA Football Bowl Certification Subcommittee.

Honors and death

Goin was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013 and the University of Cincinnati athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also a member of the Penn Hills High School and Bethany College Halls of Fame and was inducted as a member of the inaugural class of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in 2006.

Goin died after a heart attack on October 12, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. [2] [3]

Head coaching record


Bethany Bison (Presidents' Athletic Conference)(1963–1972)
1963 Bethany2–52–5T–6th
1964 Bethany5–34–22nd
1965 Bethany5–35–11st
1966 Bethany6–0–15–0–11st
1967 Bethany5–34–22nd
1968 Bethany4–44–2T–2nd
1969 Bethany6–24–2T–2nd
1970 Bethany5–23–22nd
1971 Bethany3–5–12–3T–4th
1972 Bethany4–53–4T–5th
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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