As both a runner and a coach, Bill Goodman has spent 27 years as an integral part of the Maryland track and field program.
He replaced Stan Pitts by taking over the coaching reigns of both teams in 1998. During his tenure as an assistant coach (1976-83) and as head coach, Goodman has had 14 All-Americans, 35 All-ACC performers and 33 ACC champions, most recently in 2001 with Tracy Ojeniyi winning the heptathalon.
As a student-athlete at Maryland, Goodman, a four-year letterwinner, excelled both on and off the track. In 1975 he was the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) triple jump champion. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1973, ’74, and ’75.
Off the track, the York, Pa. native enjoyed academic and social prominence during his time at Maryland. He was the vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa, an honorary fraternity representing outstanding academic leadership achievement, from 1973-75. In 1975, he received the Atlantic Coast Conference award for excellence in scholarship and athletics. Goodman was also an honorary inductee in the Golden Key Honor Society.
After graduating from Maryland in 1975, Goodman stayed at the university and became an assistant coach under Frank Costello. During his stint, he had the opportunity to coach All-Americans Bob Calhoun (long jump) and Dennis Ivory (triple jump), as well as USA Track and Field qualifier and school long jump record-holder Tamela Penny.
Under his tutelage, indoor triple jumper Marchelle Payne was a four-time All-American and is considered to be on of America’s all-time best in her events. Goodman’s last All-American came in 1999, when he coached Candyce DeLoatch in the 400.
In 1983, Goodman took the head-coaching job at nearby Eleanor Roosevelt High School. There he guided the track program to almost immediate success. In 1984, he led the men’s team to an indoor state championship. In 1986 he led the women’s cross country team to the state championship.
Goodman and his wife, Helen, reside in Frederick, Md., with their two daughters, Shanie and Natalie, as well their dog, Hershey, and cat, Angel.