Damon Goodwin has patrolled the sidelines as head men's basketball coach at Capital University beginning with the 1994-1995 season and has established the program as one of the elite programs in not only the Ohio Athletic Conference but all of NCAA Division III. Goodwin also became the winningest coach in Capital men's basketball history by virtue of an 80-53 home win over Ohio Dominican on January 5, 2010.
A six-time OAC Coach of the Year (1996, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013) and National Association of Basketball Coaches Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year (2009), Goodwin has guided Capital to six OAC regular season championships, two OAC Tournament titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Round of 16 in 2009. Notably, Capital finished with a record at or above .500 in the conference for 14 consecutive seasons (2000-14) under his leadership and had been in contention for a league title in virtually every season during that span.
Goodwin now is the possessor of more than 400 wins after the completion of the 2019-20 season. On February 1, 2020, Capital battled Otterbein to a 74-61 victory which granted Goodwin his 400th career victory.
Over his tenure, his players have garnered many individual awards at the conference, regional and national levels. In his 26 seasons as head coach, 55 all-conference accolades have been collected, including 16 first team nods. He has coached three individuals toward All-American status, including two-time honoree, Nate Stahl (2008-09). Eleven players have received NABC All-District/Region awards while eight have been recognized for the same award by D3Hoops.com.
Capital men's basketball enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in history in 2018-19, winning a share of the OAC regular season championship and receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 21-8 (14-4 OAC). Capital cracked the D3hoops.com National Top 25 in January for the first time since 2008-09 and were ranked six times. In the NCAA Tournament, Capital defeated Wisconsin – Plattville 78-76 in overtime to reach the second round. Three players were named to All-OAC teams while Austin Schreck was named the OAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Schreck was also named First Team All-Great Lakes Region by D3hoops.com and both First Team All-District and Second Team All-American by the NABC. Schreck and Caleb Cox were also named to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team and CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team. Three players were named Academic All-OAC. Capital allowed the fewest points per game in the OAC (70.8) and the fewest rebounds per game as well (31.8).
In 2011-12, Goodwin led Capital to the OAC regular season and tournament titles. That season, Capital reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating Randolph-Macon in the opening round. Three Capital players were named All-OAC, including junior Spencer Niekamp, a first-team selection who also earned D3hoops.com All-Region and NABC All-District accolades. Goodwin was picked as the OAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career.
Capital posted their second consecutive OAC regular season championship in 2012-13. Senior Spencer Niekamp, the conference player of the year, became the seventh player in program history to be named an All-American after being chosen to the second team by the NABC. Capital made its seventh straight appearance in the league tournament semifinals.
In 2010-11, Goodwin guided the Purple and White to an 18-9 record, including a 12-6 mark in OAC play and a sweep of league champion and NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Marietta. Capital, which was in contention for the conference title until the final weeks of the regular season, made its fifth straight appearance in the OAC Tournament semifinals.
Goodwin's ability to mold and develop young talent was on full display during the 2009-10 season, as Capital won 15 of their last 21 games to finish third in the OAC despite dressing only one senior. Capital would later advance to the OAC Semifinal while producing an All-Region selection for the third consecutive season. Coach Goodwin earned his fourth OAC Coach of the Year honor for his efforts, and was also named to the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame that year.
Capital experienced their best season in program history in 2008-2009 as Goodwin guided Capital to a school-record 26 victories and a berth in the NCAA "Round of 16". CU made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and was nationally ranked throughout the entire regular season reaching a program-record mark of No. 5 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. CU had the best home record in the Great Lakes Region at 15-0 and was a host of the NCAA First and Second Rounds at the Capital Center in front of sold out crowds.
The 2008-09 campaign also saw Goodwin mentor the OAC Player of the Year, two All-OAC First Team selections and the first-ever back-to-back consensus All-America pick in school history. For his efforts, Goodwin was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
In 2007-2008, Goodwin led Capital to its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Cap also won 24 games, had the OAC Player of the Year and first All-American for the school since 1988, and Goodwin claimed OAC Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season and third time in his career.
Other highlights of his tenure on the bench in Columbus include making the NCAA Tournament and winning OAC Coach of the Year honors in just his second season at Capital in 1996-97. In 2001-2002, he led Capital to a then school-record 23 wins, while in 2002-03 he brought the school its first OAC regular season title in 19 seasons. He is only the second coach in school history to win over 200 games.
Goodwin was sidelined for the 2015-16 season after successfully winning his battle against hairy cell leukemia, a rare but highly treatable cancer of the blood. During his battle, Goodwin remained a staunch supporter of Capital men's basketball while becoming healthy once again, ensuring his spot on the bench for a return prior to the 2016-17 season. Capital won its first four games in 2016 to begin the season with Goodwin patrolling the sidelines once again.
Prior to becoming Capital's head coach, Damon served five seasons as an assistant coach at Wittenberg University. During his time there, the Tigers won five North Coast Athletic Conference titles, earned four NCAA Tournament bids and a Final Four appearance in 1994.
As a player, the St. Marys, Ohio native earned first team All-Ohio honors at St. Marys Memorial High School in 1982, before attending the University of Dayton. He helped lead the Flyers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984 and 1985 where the eventual national champion (Georgetown and Villanova) eliminated them each season. Upon leaving Dayton, Goodwin was taken in the seventh round (147th overall) of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He spent the summer out west before returning that fall to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Dayton.
Goodwin's first head coaching job was a two-year stint at Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio, before joining the staff at Wittenberg.
Goodwin currently resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with his wife, Danielle. The couple has three children - Grant, Addison and Dane. His son Dane is currently on scholarship, playing basketball at the University of Notre Dame.