• Led Columbus to 68 dual meet wins
  • He was honored as the Miami News Coach of the Year
  • He received honor from the Miami Herald in 1971


David Goodman’s first job out of college was at Columbus High School …. It was 1963 …. Dave had just graduated from the University of Miami and was hired at Columbus to do many things including coaching the Columbus swim team …. His only experience in the sport had come as a high school swimmer …

Over the next 8 years – from 1963 to 1971 — Dave Goodman led Columbus to 68 dual meet wins … during his time, Columbus won 68 dual meets while losing only 22 …  in 1965, he was honored as the Miami News Coach of the Year ….. He received the same honor from the Miami Herald in 1971. That was the year that Dave guided the Explorers to a perfect  14-0 record and the school’s first GMAC championship in any sport …

Along the way, Dave coached several all-Dade performers including hall of fame inductees Manny Figueroa, John Kaay, Daniel Wick, and Michael Stewart  …. Several of his swimmers and divers went on to compete in college ….. He left coaching after the 1971 season to devote more time to his family ….. He and his wife – Loretta – have four daughters. Their youngest was born during Dave’s last year of coaching….. However, Dave stayed on at Columbus as a teacher and counselor until 1976 when he left to become the Dean of Students at Palmer …..

In all, David Goodman served as a teacher, coach, dean, and counselor for 46 years …. He retired in 2009 and, today, he and Loretta live in Melbourne Beach, Florida ….. They have been married 56 years.   And in addition to those four daughters they have 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.