Wally Goodwin 1969 - 1978
Wally Goodwin 1969 - 1978
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND COACH
Few individuals have left as impressive a mark on Stevenson School athletics as Wally Goodwin. Wally served the school as a coach and athletics director from 1969-1978. During that time, he coached the men’s golf teams and basketball, baseball, and football teams, all the while overseeing the entire athletics program at the school. Prior to coming to Stevenson, Wally had stints at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs and in Hudson, Ohio at both Western Reserve Academy and Hudson High School. In those positions he coached numerous sports teams including football and track.
Wally brought a winning culture to Stevenson and achieved great successes in the sports teams he coached and administered. In 1971 he is credited with beginning the football program where Coach Tor Spindler won the school’s first game 7-6 over Hollister, finishing the inaugural season at 5-1. Wally also engineered the school’s initial membership into the Central Coast Section and the Mission Trail Athletic League. His last golf title at Stevenson School was in the 1977 season.
Upon departing Stevenson, Wally spent a year at Stetson University as a basketball assistant under Hall of Fame coach Glenn Wilkes followed by a five year stint as the head golf coach at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Soon after Wally landed at Stanford where he coached from 1988-2000 and recruited Tiger Woods to the program. Stanford won Pac 10 Championships in 1994 and 1996, won the NCAA National Championship in 1994, was the Pac Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996, and was NCAA Coach of the Year in 1994.
Unknown by many, Wally was invited in 1959 to play as an amateur on the PGA tour…up until the time of the Master’s Tournament in Augusta. He officially retired in 2000 but was asked to be the golf coach at the University of Northern Colorado, where within two and a half years his team won the National Championship for Independent Universities.
Over his long golf career Wally coached some of the best players in the game. All Americans at Stanford included Notah Begay, Steve Burdick, Joel Kribel, Casey Martin, and of course, the legendary Tiger Woods. At Northwestern University Jim Benepe was an All American under Wally’s tutelage. Recently, the annual Stanford hosted Spring Invitational US Intercollegiate Golf Tournament was renamed ‘The Goodwin’ in his honor.
With his induction today into Stevenson School’s Athletic Hall of Fame and this fall’s into Stanford University’s Hall of Fame, Wally will have been inducted into a total of ten different Halls of Fame.