Lenoir-Rhyne’s Goldsmith retires after 45 years

The last coach to lead Duke to a bowl game is calling it a

career after 45 seasons.

Fred Goldsmith announced his retirement Tuesday. He had been

coaching at Lenoir-Rhyne for four years, going 17-27 and leading

the Division II Bears to a 7-4 record in 2010.

Goldsmith coached at Rice from 1989-93 before beginning a

five-year stint with the Blue Devils in 1994. He was the Atlantic

Coast Conference’s coach of the year that season and took Duke to

the Hall of Fame Bowl – one of only two bowl games for the Blue

Devils since 1961.

Lenoir-Rhyne president Wayne Powell called Goldsmith ”a winner

on the field and off.”

The school promoted defensive coordinator Mike Houston to acting

head coach.